‘A true gentleman’: David Jason leads tributes to John Challis

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Sir David Jason has described his Only Fools And Horses co-star John Challis as a "gentleman in the true sense of the word".

Sir David, whose character of Delboy was often in conflict with Challis's second-hand car dealer, Boycie, added that he had heard the news of Challis's death with "much sadness".

He continued: "He was a wonderful actor, a gentleman in the true sense of the word and I know he will be missed by so many."

Funeral of Roger Lloyd-Pack, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London, Britain - 13 Feb 2014
John Challis, David Jason and Sue Holdernes

13 Feb 2014

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David Jason says his co-star 'will be missed by so many'. Pic: REX/Shutterstock

Challis passed away following a "long battle with cancer", his family said.

Sue Holderness, who played Challis's on-screen wife, said: "Marlene without Boycie – it's unthinkable. John Challis was my partner on screen and stage for 36 years and my beloved friend. R.I.P. darling John. I will miss you every day."

Allo Allo actress Vicki Michelle said she was "shocked and saddened" to hear of his passing, adding that Challis was "such a fabulous man" and "loved by the nation".

Sheila Ferguson, from The Three Degrees, tweeted a picture of her and Challis and said she had been "waiting for this for a few days now".

The singer added: "I've been in touch with his wife, Carol, who is obviously heartbroken, as am I."

Crissy Rock, who starred alongside Challis in Benirdorm, tweeted: "John you were a true gentleman and always so loving and supportive towards me. I am thinking of your family and close friends at this hard time. Rest well. Crissy xx."

Somerset Country Cricket Club tweeted a video of Challis, a "long-term supporter", recorded earlier this year in the character of Boycie in which he announced the extension of a player's contract.

The club said it was "extremely saddened" by his death.

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