The actor passed away November 23 aged 86, family and friends gathered at his funeral yesterday in North London.

Fawlty Towers S1 - Picture shows Andrew Sachs as Manuel

His widow, Melody, told the Daily Mail how her husband had continued to work following being diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2012.

“We were happy, we were always laughing, we never had a dull moment.


“He had dementia for four years and we didn’t really notice it at first until the memory started going. It didn’t get really bad until quite near the end. I nursed Andrew, I was there for every moment of it.


“Even about a month before he died he was sitting in the garden and chatting away.” – Melody Sachs

Andrew Sachs Fawlty Towers

John Cleese and Andrew Sachs in Fawlty Towers a sitcom set in an unprofessional hotel

Sachs was best known for his portrayal of the hapless Spanish waiter, Manuel, in John Cleese’s short-lived BBC2 sitcom. The role gained him a BAFTA nomination for ‘Best Light Entertainment Performance’ in 1975 however he lost out to co-star and Fawlty Towers co-creator John Cleese. The Spanish waiter was often at the receiving end of hotel owner Basil’s abuse, including being hit over the head with a tray, slapped across the face and had his head shoved into the foyer wall. The very last episode in the second series centres around Manuel and his pet ‘Basil the Rat’. When the pet goes missing in the hotel it leads to chaos in the kitchen and restaurant.

Other roles include Ramsay Clegg, the half-brother of Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden), in ITV’s Coronation Street and Cyril Bishop, a hospital patient who got on Stan Carter’s (Timothy West) nerves as they shared a ward in EastEnders

He hit the headlines in 2008 when as part of a misjudged radio prank Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand left a series of lewd messages relating to his granddaughter on his answering machine. The ‘Sachsgate’ scandal, which gained traction following a report in the The Mail on Sunday, resulted in Brand and Controller of Radio 2, Lesley Douglas, parting ways with the beeb while Ross was prohibited from broadcasting for three months.


Andrew Sachs is one of the many faces to appear in Granada Television’s 1970s daytime drama Crown Court

Born Andreas Siegfried Sachs in Germany on 7 April 1930, Andrew moved to Britain with his parents in 1938 where he went on to become an actor. He married Melody Lang in 1960.  

“Just heard about Andy Sachs. Very sad.


“A very sweet gentle and kind man and a truly great farceur. I first saw him in Habeas Corpus on stage in 1973.


“I could not have found a better Manuel. Inspired.” – John Cleese (@JohnCleese)


One of Andrew’s final appearances was in EastEnders starring opposite Timothy West
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