Dawn French is brokenhearted by the news of her Vicar Of Dibley co-star Gary Waldhorn’s death.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that Waldhorn died ‘peacefully’ at the age of 78.

The TV star was best known for playing councillor David Horton in every episode of the comedy sitcom which debuted in 1994, famously locking horns with the vicar played by French.

He most recently appeared in a Christmas special, The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown, alongside French, who plays Geraldine Granger, and James Fleet, who plays his on-screen son Hugo.

French paid tribute to the actor on Twitter by sharing a black and white photo of him alongside a brokenhearted emoji.

In a statement, he said: ‘Classically trained, it was the theatre where he truly flourished and he leaves a legacy of entertainment that saw him frequent the boards of Broadway, the West End and our living rooms on the telly!

‘He leaves behind his two grandsons, Cooper and Bayley, and his son Josh. We will all miss him terribly.’

Other Vicar Of Dibley stars who have died includes Emma Chambers, who starred as Alice Tinker, and Trevor Peacock, who played Jim Trott.

Waldhorn appeared in classic British TV shows such as The Sweeney, Brush Strokes, and Hotel Babylon, and even featured in the comedy sketch show French And Saunders.

He also provided voiceovers for adverts including for Green Flag, Kwik Fit, Branston and Marmite.

BBC Comedy said: ‘Gary was an incredibly talented actor who is fondly remembered by us for his numerous appearances on some of the nation’s most treasured BBC shows, and of course as councillor David Horton in The Vicar Of Dibley.

‘Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.’

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