Lee Whitlock, a British TV and film actor known for his roles in films such as Wish You Were Here, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street and others, passed away on Monday, February 20 at the age of 54, according to his acting agency. The actor, who played Bevis Loveday in four episodes of the BBC One TV series Grange Hill, has been in the business for more than four decades. On Monday, his company, Urban Collective, tweeted to inform his fans of Lee Whitlock’s death. The tweet says as follows:
The reason for Whitlock’s death has yet to be disclosed by the parties involved as of the publication of this article.
“I was always a fan of Lee Whitlock since…”: Social media users pay respects to the late actor.
Several people were stunned to learn of Whitlock’s death and were quick to respond on social media. Several recalled the late actor’s career-defining roles in many series and movies, including Two of Us, which is considered revolutionary for its portrayal of the issue of homosexuality, and Shine on Harvey Moon. Some, on the other hand, paid their respects with “RIP” comments.
English actor Andrew Lancel, widely known for his role in BBC One’s Cardiac Arrest, expressed his feelings, noting that he has admired Whitlock since his performance in Shine on Harvey Moon. Lancel, who also worked with Whitlock on two projects, tweeted:
I was always a fan of Lee Whitlock since Shine on Harvey Moon. During his film and TV career, like millions, I loved his work. It was a pleasure to work with him twice and to know him as a funny, gentle, sweet man. And fantastic actor. Gone way too soon. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ffalLYwnP7
—Andrew Lancel (@AndrewLancel) February 19, 2023
British novelist Matthew Todd recalled Whitlock’s performance in Two of Us, noting that the late actor first achieved fame with Shine on Harvey Moon, a 1980s program in which Whitlock appeared 41 times. Liam Rudden, a writer, journalist and theater director, also expressed his feelings on Twitter. Another person said that Whitlock’s Two of Us helped them “get a handle on their identity” and they gave the actor “high regard”.
Lee Whitlock’s TV film, Two of Us, in which he starred alongside Jason Rush, was widely acclaimed for its criticism of the Thatcher government’s intended restriction (via Section 28 Act) on s*x education aimed at LGTBTQ+. Lee Whitlock was last seen as Spencer in the 2022 film D Is for Detroit directed by Israr Azam. There is no information in the public domain about the deceased actor’s relationship or marital status.