Grange Hill and Sweeney Todd actor Lee Whitlock dead aged 54

Grange Hill star Lee Whitlock has died at the age of 54.

The actor was best known for his appearances in Grange Hill, The Bill and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, where he starred opposite Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp.

The news was confirmed by acting agency Urban Collective, who shared a statement on social media.

‘Saddened by the death of our client Lee Whitlock,’ they said on Twitter. ‘Lee was a great character & a great actor who has left a legacy of brave & groundbreaking work achieved at a particularly young age. 

‘Lee was hugely entertaining, funny & positive to work with, condolences to family & friends. RIP.’

Lee rose to fame as a child actor, appearing in programmes such as Shine On Harvey Moon, before landing roles in popular TV shows including Casualty, EastEnders, Coronation Street and Grange Hill, where he played Bevis Loveday for four episodes.

Lee is also fondly remembered for his performance as Phil in Two Of Us, a powerful LGBTQ+ BBC drama about a relationship between two schoolboys, which aired in 1987.

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