31/07/2014 11:19 BST | Updated 31/07/2014 12:59 BST

'Benidorm' Star Kenny Ireland Dead Following Cancer Battle, Aged 68

Benidorm’ actor Kenny Ireland has died at the age of 68, it has been confirmed.

The Scottish actor - best known for his role as Donald, one half of the swinging couple in the comedy series - had been receiving treatment for cancer, but lost his battle on Thursday morning.

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Prior to his work in ‘Benidorm’, Kenny starred in ‘Auf Wiedersehen Pet’ and ‘Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV’.

His character, Donald, had been written out of the show prior to his death while he was being treated for the disease, having been a part of ‘Benidorm’ since its debut in 2007.

As well as his work as an actor, Kenny had been a theatre director for many years at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, who first broke the news of his death with a statement that paid tribute to him.

They said: “We are greatly saddened to learn today that Kenny Ireland, Artistic Director of The Lyceum from 1992-2003 passed away this morning.”

His co-star Tony Maudsley also paid his respects on Twitter, writing:

Kenny first landed the part of his sex-crazed character in ‘Benidorm’ after it was suggested by his wife that he audition for it, joking: “If your wife gets you a job as a swinger, is she trying to tell you something?”

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