By Lara Keay For Mailonline
Published: 08:38 GMT, 8 January 2020 | Updated: 11:15 GMT, 8 January 2020
Tributes have poured in to the much-loved actor Christopher Beeny after he died 'peacefully in his armchair' aged 78.
His son Rick Blackman revealed Mr Beeny, who was known for his roles in the 1970s show Upstairs Downstairs and Last of the Summer Wine, died at home in Kent on January 3.
He tweeted: 'I have some sad news to impart. On Friday 3rd of January my old dad Christopher Beeny died at his home in Kent.
'He was 78. Comforted to know he was not alone at the end and was in his armchair.'
Emmerdale script and storywriter Kathleen Beedles led tributes to him after he made a cameo appearance in the soap in 2006.
She said Mr Beeny gave the cast and crew 'great joy' and it was an 'honour' to meet him.
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The star of Upstairs Downstairs (pictured) and Last of the Summer Wine Christopher Beeny has died aged 78
Mr Beeny, who lived in Kent, is pictured with his wife Diana and their pet dog
Mr Beeny is pictured (back row, second left) with his Upstairs Downstairs