Actor David Kelly dies aged 82

Monday 13 February 2012 15.25
David Kelly had numerous roles on film and television
David Kelly had numerous roles on film and television

The actor David Kelly has died in hospital after a short illness. He was 82.

He was one of the most recognisable voices and faces of Irish stage and screen, playing everything from Beckett to Shakespeare.

He was best known in Ireland for his performance as Rashers Tierney in Strumpet City.

His appearance in Fawlty Towers, as the builder O'Reilly, brought him to a British audience.

In 2005, he appeared as Charlie's grandad in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

He was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for his role in Waking Ned and also received an IFTA lifetime achievement award and a Helen Hayes award for Moons for the Misbegotten.

He is survived by his wife Laurie, his son David and daughter Miriam.

Read David Kelly's interview with the RTÉ Guide in 2005