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Warren Clarke, star of Dalziel and Pascoe, dies aged 67 British actor Warren Clarke, best known for TV role in Dalziel And Pascoe, has died aged 67 after a short illness, his agent has confirmed.

Clarke, who was born in Oldham, starred in the controversial 1971 film A Clockwork Orange, by Stanley Kubrick.

He recently appeared in the BBC One dramas Call the Midwife and Down to Earth, about a family moving to rural Devon.

The actor is due to appear in a remake of Poldark.

The series, which is due to be released next year, was his last role before his death.

Clarke, with his heavy set build and hangdog facial features, was a perfect fit for grumpy police detective Dalziel, who was translated to the screen from the books by Reginald Hill.

The popular series ran on BBC One from 1996 to 2007 and clocked up 46 episodes, some of which he directed.

Speaking of his curmudgeonly character in 1997, Clarke said: "One of the reasons I did the series was because I loved the fact that he doesn't bow to liberal views of society.

"He's this bloke from the North who's farting, scratching and behaving badly with women."

Clarke started his acting career on the stage of the Liverpool Playhouse and in Huddersfield Repertory.

In the 1960s, he played a number of smaller roles, including two characters in Coronation Street, before establishing his name in Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange.

Clarke played Dim, one of the thugs who indulged in "ultraviolence" with their ringleader, played by Malcolm McDowell.

On the 40th anniversary of the film's release in 2011, Clarke said working with the legendarily exacting film director was "extraordinary".

"If he thought your performance was false he would ask: 'Why are you doing that?' If you didn't have an answer, he'd shout at you. But I got on well with him and I would shout at him if I thought he was pushing us too hard," said the actor.

He said that numerous offers came from Hollywood after his performance, but he turned them down, saying: "It was stuff I didn't want to be involved with."...
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