Sitcom star Peter Bowles, best known for BBC comedy series To the Manor Born, has passed away aged 85. Bowles’ agent confirmed the actor’s death, stating he had “sadly passed away from cancer”.
The star’s agent went on to recognise the loss to Bowles’ family, sharing: “He leaves his wife of over 60 years, Sue, and their three children.”
Amid the sad news of his passing, we find out more about Peter Bowles, his wife and their children.
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Sitcom star passes away at 85
Peter Bowles’ agent confirmed the star, best known for his role in sitcom To the Manor Born, had passed away aged 85 after a battle with cancer.
“Starting his career at the Old Vic Theatre in 1956, he starred in 45 theatrical productions ending at the age of 81 in The Exorcist at the Phoenix Theatre,” Bowles’ agent said in a statement.
“He worked consistently on stage and screen, becoming a household name on TV as the archetypal English gent in To The Manor Born, Only When I Laugh, The Bounder and Lytton’s Diary, which he devised himself.”
The late actor was also known for his work on TV shows and films Victoria, The Bank Job, Eyewitness, and Magnolia Street.
TV personality Gyles Brandreth tweeted his tribute to his friend Peter Bowles:
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Who is Peter Bowles’ wife?
Peter Bowles tied the knot with Susan Bennett (Bowles) in 1961. The couple were married for 60 years.
Although Peter grew up in Nottingham, he went on win a scholarship to the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art (Rada) in London. Later on in life, Peter and Susan lived in Barnes, south-west London.
Speaking about his wife to The Guardian in 2010, Bowles shared: “Sue and I celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary last month, and people ask me what the secret is. It’s love. I can’t define it. Poets have tried. There’s great honesty between us and I have never taken my wife for granted. We’re still courting.
“When I come home, Sue will be there, hair done and high heels on, to welcome her man. We also have weekends away. We used to like putting on our best and going to a hotel to have just one drink. When there was more money knocking about, we would check into the Dorchester for a couple of days. We still do it. It’s very romantic and I’m bloody lucky.”
Despite her husband being a star of stage and screen, Susan has tended to stay out of the spotlight.
Peter and Susan have three children
Peter and Susan welcomed three children during their marriage – sons, Guy Rupert and Adam Peter, and daughter Sasha Jane. All three children are in their 50s.
Talking to The Guardian in 2010, Bowles explained his fame didn’t have an impact on the upbringing of his family.
“I had no trouble with my two boys and daughter through their teens – Guy is 47, Adam 45 and Sasha 43. There were rules, but only in terms of coming home at a certain time and never to eat in the living room.
“My elder son’s forte turned out to be pure mathematics. My other son was interested in athletic things. And my daughter is a painter. I’ve never had the worry about them being frustrated in not being able to get jobs. The other nice thing is my so-called fame didn’t happen until I was about 43, so it never affected them.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Peter Bowles at this difficult time.