April 8, 2010

UK: Versatile British actor Christopher Cazenove dies

. LONDON, England / The Times / TV & Radio / April 8, 2010 By Mary Bowers The British actor Christopher Cazenove died last night after contracting septicaemia. He was 66. Cazenove, who was best known for playing the role of Ben Carrington in the 1980s TV soap opera Dynasty, had been in a coma since collapsing at home in February after a trip to California during which he had complained of migraines. His family, who had been at his bedside at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, said in a statement that he had fought a “valiant battle” against his illness. The Winchester-born and Eton and Oxford-educated actor’s film career began in 1970 with an uncredited role in Julius Caesar. He went on to several parts in British TV, most notably in The Duchess of Duke Street. More recently he appeared in A Fine Romance and Judge John Deed. He played Henry Higgins in Trevor Nunn’s stage production of My Fair Lady. Christopher Cazenove was 66. Andrew Stuart/PA He had been married to the actress Angharad Rees; they divorced in 1994. In 1999 his elder son died at 25 in a car crash. Cazenove had been with his partner Isabel Davis since 2003. In a statement released through Lesley Duff, his agent for the past 12 years, Ms Davis and his family said: “Christopher died peacefully on April 7 surrounded by his loved ones having contracted septicaemia at the end of February. “Despite a valiant fight and the untiring efforts of the wonderful team at St Thomas’s, he was overwhelmed. “All who knew and loved him will be devastated by the loss of this incredible man who touched so many lives.” [rc] Copyright 2010 Times Newspapers Ltd.