Saturday, 20 August 2016 - Reported by Marcus
The actor Michael Napier-Brown has died at the age of 79.
Michael Napier-Brown appeared in the 1969 story The War Games, playing Arturo Villar, a soldier plucked from the Mexican Civil War who helped the second Doctor in his battle against the War Lords.
Napier-Brown had a long career in British Television and Theatre. His first credited role was in a 1963 episode of the crime series Maigret. He played Miller in several episodes of the 1970 adaptation of Ivanhoe. Other roles include parts in Secret Army, The Dick Emery Show, Terry and June, 1990 and Casanova.
He was a long standing stalwart of the Nottingham Theatre scene and was the last artistic director of Northampton's Royal Theatre. He is credited with discovering Gian Sammarco, the actor who played Adrian in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, and who later played Whizzkid in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.
His daughter Kate broke the news of his death with a statement on her Facebook page:
I have to tell you the sad news that my Darling Dad Michael Napier-Brown died yesterday at 4.20 in the afternoon at Princess Alice Hospice in Esher . He was surrounded with Love , my mum was with him and I caught his last breath , Henry , George &Tom had been with him an hour before telling him what a wonderful grandfather he was . He was tiny and tolerant and adorable near the end . I loved him deeply , he was also my dear friend and had been my boss and I am privileged to know he trusted me to sort stuff for him and get things sorted ,he was a mischief mistro & twinkled to the end he deserves to bathe in a heavenly place.