Michael Jayston dies: What’s the cause of death?
The news, confirmed by his agent M&M Famous Faces in a heartfelt statement, revealed that Jayston’s departure came after a short illness, leaving behind a legacy that spans decades of entertainment history.
While the exact cause of death was not revealed, Jayston’s agent shared that the actor died following a brief health battle.
“Those who knew Michael will know he was full of love, laughs and happiness. His family would appreciate privacy at this time,” the statement read.
Michael Jayston leaves behind a family that includes his third wife, Ann Smithson, and his children, Katherine and Richard.
Michael Jayston biography
Michael Jayston was a renowned British actor born in Nottingham, in 1935.
He gained fame for his diverse roles in television, film, and stage. Jayston’s notable performances include playing Nicholas II in Nicholas and Alexandra, the Valeyard in Doctor Who, and appearing in popular TV series such as Only Fools and Horses, EastEnders, Coronation Street, and Emmerdale.
He started his stage career in 1962, showcasing his talents in various productions, including a significant role in The Sound of Music stage revival.
Beyond the screen, Jayston’s presence on stage and radio, including a stint as James Bond in a BBC Radio 4 adaptation, solidified his status as a stalwart of British entertainment.
Reactions to Jayston’s death
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The entertainment world has reacted with an outpouring of tributes, reflecting on Jayston’s contribution to the arts.
Here are some of the social media reactions we picked: