The Equaliser and Wicker Man star died in hospital at the age of 79

Actor Edward Woodward died today at the age of 79. The Croydon-born actor died in hospital after suffering from various illnesses including pneumonia. Woodward’s two most known roles are the cult 1973 horror movie ‘The Wicker Man’ and the TV series ‘The Equalizer’.

He also popped up in the BBC soap ‘Eastender’s’ earlier this year playing Tommy Clifford.

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His agent Janet Glass  confirmed his death today, saying “I knew him a very long time and he was a superb human being. That integrity shone through in the roles he played. I can’t ever remember, in all the productions he undertook, anyone having a bad word to say about him and he never had anything bad to say about anyone else either. Universally loved and admired through his unforgettable roles in classic productions, he was equally fine and courageous in real life, never losing his brave spirit and wonderful humour throughout his illness. His passing will leave a huge gap in many lives.”

Woodward is survived by his second wife, the actress Michele Dotrice, and four children, three of whom he had during his first marriage.

Watch the trailer for The Wicker Man