Grange Hill actor Nicholas Donnelly dies aged 83

Nicholas Donnelly, famed for his role in Grange Hill, has died aged 83.

The actor was best known for playing teacher Mr MacKenzie in the children’s television series for around eight years.

Donnelly’s family confirmed the news of his passing, describing him as a ‘privilege to know’.

A statement from his family, issued via PA news agency, said: “He was a gracious, kind and lovely man, a wonderful father and grandfather.

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“He was also very funny and brilliant at telling stories, acting out all the characters, marvellous company and a privilege to know.

“He loved nothing more than offering hospitality and making people feel welcome.”

As well as Grange Hill, Donnelly also appeared in BBC police series Dixon Of Dock Green as Sergeant Johnny Wills and appeared in films Venom and Carry On Sergeant.

Donnelly met his wife Alrun during his National Service in Germany in the late 1950s, and the couple were married for more than 60 years.

They had two sons, twin daughters and five grandchildren.

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