Veteran entertainer Barry Chuckle dies aged 73

The Chuckle Brothers on ‘New Faces’, an ITV talent show, in 1975 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Barry Chuckle, the television entertainer famous for his role in the children’s comedy show ‘ChuckleVision’, has died at home aged 73. The star, whose real name was Barry Elliott, performed with his brother Paul as the comedy duo the Chuckle Brothers.He died after a short period of ill health which began while filming a new TV series. In an emotional tribute, his brother said: “I’ve not just lost my brother, I’ve lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend.”The pair, who are both from Rotherham, starred in Chucklevision between 1987 and 2009. The show ran to almost 300 episodes.They had recently made a TV comeback on Channel 5 clip show Chuckle Time, which saw them perform comedy sketches and introduce humorous online videos from members of the public. Filming of another new programme was stopped this year, after Chuckle’s doctor requested that he rested, but his health deteriorated throughout the summer.His agent said yesterday that he had said “it was just like the wonderful days of filming ChuckleVision for BBC One”.Paul Chuckle’s wife Sue posted on her husband’s Twitter account to say that he was “devastated” and that “he knows Barry would be so happy to know how much he was loved”. Tributes from the world of entertainment poured in online. Rapper Tinchy Stryder, who had collaborated with the brothers on a charity single in 2014, described Chuckle as a “Funny, down to earth, super cool, talented, humble legend”. A message on the official Bafta Twitter page said: “We’re deeply saddened to learn of the death of Barry Elliott, known as Barry Chuckle.”David Walliams, who had worked with the brothers on various sketches, described him as one-half of “the last link to the British Musical Hall tradition that gave us Stan Laurel & Charlie Chaplin.”  Credit: Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock (509209ki) CHUCKLE BROTHERS IN 'NEW FACES' - 1975 ITV archive New Faces was a Television talent show produced by ATV for ITV, which originally ran from 1973 to 1978 and which was revived in 1986. It was responsible for launching the careers of, amongst others, Lenny Henry, Victoria Wood, Les Dennis and the Chuckle Brother read more