ACTOR Rodney Bewes has died at the age of 79, his agent has confirmed. 

The actor had a career spanning 60 years and is best known for playing Bob Ferris in North-East-based sitcom The Likely Lads.

His agent issued a statement saying: "It is with great sadness that we confirm that our dear client, the much loved actor Rodney Bewes, passed away this morning."

The statement paid tribute to the actor, calling him a "true one off" and a "brilliant story teller".

"He had a funny anecdote for every occasion. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. We will miss him terribly."

Bewes was originally from Bingley in Yorkshire but moved to Luton as a child.