Tributes have been pouring in for the legendary actor, Tony Scannell.
News of his passing has left fans everywhere distraught, some took to twitter to share their fond memories of him on screen.
Keep scrolling for the heartbreaking tributes to the star...
Tributes have been pouring in for The Bill legend Tony Scannell.
via: TwitterScannell was well-known for playing DS Ted Roach for nine years on the police drama show.
He also starred in Flash Gordon, Evil Never Dies and The Waking Dead.
via: TwitterWhere his fame grew.
Scannell was born in Cork, UK, in 1945 with his dad, a professional goalkeeper, who played for the Republic of Ireland.
via: TwitterSurprisingly, he only got into acting to get out of guard duty in the RAF, where he served for 5 years.
Scannell made his debut in The Bill in 1984 and was initially only signed for 2 episodes.
via: TwitterSpeaking about his rise to fame previously, Scannell said: "I thought I'd have to give up acting, as I never had much work, and my brother's father-in-law hired me as a salvage diver where I raised sunken boats. But I landed a role in Flash Gordon (1980), where I was an officer to the great Max von Sydow who played Emperor Ming. Just standing next to him scared the pants off me."
What many might not know is that as well as acting, Scannell was a talented musician.
via: TwitterHe played the keyboard for a Kajagoogoo tribute band called Kaja-who-who.
Fans everywhere were distraught by the news.
Sad to hear #TonyScannell died! Only ever met him once when he was in @TRPlymouth with @ellison456 he took the time… https://t.co/eHAsHXzO2j— Mark Kirk (@Mark Kirk)1590652655.0
His death was confirmed on social media.
via: TwitterBy a Facebook tribute from a fan of the actor.
The fan tribute read...
via: Twitter"Damn, damn, damn! I've just learned from Mark Wingett of the passing of a wonderful actor and dear colleague of his."
via: Twitter"Tony Scannell played DS Ted Roach on The Bill for nine years from 84-93. Any episode that had him in it would have me fixated on the TV... I had a very bad case of a young girl crush on Ted/Tony. He was a bit of alright in my books (despite the fact he was literally three months younger than my dad!)."
His death has stirred up deep emotions from those who knew and loved him.
Happy memories - and some funny ones, dear Tony Scannell 💐💐💐 May people enjoy ‘The Bill’ for donkey’s years https://t.co/AsJvebfldQ— Elizabeth Brown (@Elizabeth Brown)1590569648.0
His characters still hold special places in people's hearts.
R. I. P Tony Scannell who played Ted Roach in The Bill, was one of the best characters they had. @TheBill_ @TheBillaton #thebill— LeeJohnComber (@LeeJohnComber)1590662969.0
Tony played Ted Roach from 1984 until 1993 when he quit Sun Hill police station.
So sad. Loved Ted Roach on #TheBill Was sad when Ted smacked Monroe in the mouth & quit the job,even sadder when… https://t.co/uN2qJjO4S8— Terry Overall (@Terry Overall)1590670803.0
He was clearly well-loved by all who watched his work.
Ahh bollocks, Tony Scannell has died. If you watched #TheBill before 1993 you'll remember him as DI Ted Roach. My f… https://t.co/qxA5r0Tu8K— Ash Preston (@Ash Preston)1590669648.0
There wasn't a bad word said about the actor.
We have sad news, Tony Scannell who played D.S. Ted Roach has left us at the age of 74. We send our love and prayer… https://t.co/oNXTv9H4Eo— The Bill&Memorabilia (@The Bill&Memorabilia)1590654730.0
Fans weren't short of compliments.
WOW! another wonderful actor #TonyScannell best known for his superb portrayal of Ted Roach in #TheBill has gone on… https://t.co/MlZrEARaE8— Twilight Group UK (@Twilight Group UK)1590672746.0
He was praised for his "superb" roles.
Today we must share some very sad news with you. We send our love and condolences to the family, friends and colle… https://t.co/StJ7H56lje— The Billaton (@The Billaton)1590647394.0
Which is a rare commodity in the world of showbiz nowadays.
RIP Tony Scannell ❤️ you were fantastic as Ted Roach. Very sad news 💝 #TheBill https://t.co/ey5kWPR3sf— The Bill Fans (@The Bill Fans)1590661555.0
There was still so much Scannell had planned.
RIP Tony Scannell. My thoughts are with his family who kindly let me know yesterday. We had been making arrangement… https://t.co/CXZsf1Bhp5— Oliver Crocker (@Oliver Crocker)1590669976.0
After a life well-lived, the actor has sadly died aged seventy-four.
Tony Scannell 💔 https://t.co/0qjy8x0U5n https://t.co/eqZUVPf8nn— Michelle Bullivant (@Michelle Bullivant)1590665932.0
Our prayers are with his friends and family.
Just seen that the actor #tonyscannell has died. I remember meeting him when an episode of #TheBill was filmed in m… https://t.co/VMfSkH1ZMD— Gary Haines (@Gary Haines)1590671461.0