Vicar of Dibley star Gary Waldhorn ‘left £1.44M to his only son Josh in his will’

Vicar of Dibley star Gary Waldhorn ‘left £1.44M to his only son Josh in his will’… following the actor’s death earlier this year

Gary Waldhorn reportedly left a massive sum of £1.44M in his will, following his death in January this year at aged 78.

The late Vicar of Dibley star is said to have left the whole amount to his only son Joshua, who he shared with former wife Christie Dickason.

The actor was best known for playing the role of Councillor David Horton in the hugely popular series alongside Dawn French from 1994 to 2007. 

Vicar of Dibley star Gary Waldhorn 'left £1.44M to his only son Josh in his will'... following the actor's death earlier this year (pictured in 2000)

Vicar of Dibley star Gary Waldhorn ‘left £1.44M to his only son Josh in his will’… following the actor’s death earlier this year (pictured in 2000)

According to The Sun, Probate Office papers show that the London native actor left his fortune to his son, Josh, who is based in Australia.

At the time of his death, son Josh said that Gary had ‘peacefully passed away’ at 6.45am on Monday 10 January.

Paying tribute, he added: ‘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.’

On screen: The actor was best known for playing the role of Councillor David Horton in the hugely popular series alongside Dawn French (centre) from 1994 to 2007 (pictured in season one of the show)

On screen: The actor was best known for playing the role of Councillor David Horton in the hugely popular series alongside Dawn French (centre) from 1994 to 2007 (pictured in season one of the show)

Mr Waldhorn most recently appeared in The Vicar of Dibley Christmas special during lockdown, but has also appeared in a number of classic British TV shows such as The Sweeney, Brush Strokes and Hotel Babylon, and even featured in comedy sketch show French And Saunders. 

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

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

Remembered: A statement from the BBC Comedy team said: 'Gary was an incredibly talented actor who is fondly remembered by us for his numerous appearances on some of the nations most treasured BBC shows

Remembered: A statement from the BBC Comedy team said: ‘Gary was an incredibly talented actor who is fondly remembered by us for his numerous appearances on some of the nations most treasured BBC shows

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

Former co-star Dawn French paid tribute at the time too, sharing a picture of the actor alongside a broken heart emoji to Twitter.

Meanwhile, James Fleet who played his son Hugo shared his picture on Twitter with the message ‘Gazza’. 

Tributes: Gary's former co-stars took to social media to pay tribute to the late actor earlier this year

Tributes: Gary’s former co-stars took to social media to pay tribute to the late actor earlier this year

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