Sheffield-born performer, who had roles in Emmerdale and Benidorm, died whilst on holiday in the South of France. He was 71.

Albert Dingle was a recurring Emmerdale character between 1995-2004.

He played the recurring role of Albert Dingle – father to Marlon and brother to Zak – in the Dales-based saga, but was most recently on our screens in the holiday resort set sitcom as Eddie Dawson last year.

“Very sad Benidorm news guys. The wonderful Bobby Knutt has passed away suddenly aged 71. Sending our Beni love to his family.” – Benidorm creator Derren Litten via Twitter

Bobby (left) with Bill Maynard in Heartbeat for Yorkshire Televison

Emmerdale’s extended Dingle clan in 2004.

“Knutty” – born Robert Wass in Sheffield in 1945 – started his showbiz career in the early 60s as a singer with the group Bob Andrews and the Questors, but had decided to pursue comedy by the middle of the decade, later appearing on The Comedians for Granada Television.

He moved towards acting in the late 70s with a role in BBC drama The Price of Coal directed by Ken Loach. Other credits include: Last of the Summer Wine; Heartbeat; Hetty Wainthropp Investigates; All Creatures Great & Small; Our Friends in the North and Coronation Street. He was also a regular on Sheffield’s panto circuit. 

Knutt was married to popular athlete Donna Hartley until her death in 2013, aged 58.

The Dawson family hit Benidorm in 2016.
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