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 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
“Knutty” – born Robert Wass in Sheffield in 1945 – started his showbiz career in the early 1960s as a singer with the group Bob Andrews and the Questors. However, by the middle of the decade he had made the decision to move into comedy and he went on to appear on The Comedians, the series from Granada gave comedy talent a chance to perform in front of a live audience.
Bobby (left) with Bill Maynard in Heartbeat for Yorkshire Televison
Emmerdale’s extended Dingle clan in 2004.
Knutt’s career took yet another turn – to acting – in the 70s, with him starring in BBC drama The Price of Coal which was directed by Ken Loach.
Although probably best known for his roles in the ITV Yorkshire soap and Derren Litten penned sitcom, his career also saw him take on roles in Last of the Summer Wine; Heartbeat; Hetty Wainthropp Investigates; All Creatures Great & Small; Our Friends in the North and Coronation Street and he could, for many years, be found on the billings of Sheffield pantomimes.
Knutt was married to gold-medal winning Olympic runner Donna Hartley who died in 2013.