Alan Devereux Dead: 'The Archers' Actor, Who Played Sid Perks, Dies Aged 75

He starred on the BBC Radio 4 soap for nearly five decades.

'The Archers' actor Alan Devereux has died at the age of 75.

The veteran star of the BBC Radio 4 soap, who played Sid Perks for nearly 50 years, died from natural causes following a short illness on Sunday (29 May), the BBC reported.

Alan landed the role of teenage tearaway Sid in September 1963, and the character later went on to become the landlord of The Bull pub.

He remained on the show until the Sid's death in 2010.

<strong>Alan Devereux has died at the age of 75</strong>
Alan Devereux has died at the age of 75
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The show's editor, Sean O'Connor, paid tribute to Alan, saying his voice was "instantly recognisable and full of rich character".

"As an actor Alan was adept at both intense drama as well as dead-pan comedy. He was a wonderful member of The Archers' family," he said.

Former editor Vanessa Whitburn added: "Alan was a consummate and brilliant radio actor.

"Always a delight to work with, his versatility as publican Sid Perks meant that he created superb partnerships with the actresses who played all three of his wives.

"A modest man, I don't think he knew just how talented he was."

Alan's character was involved in one of the show's most controversial moments, when Sid had sex in the shower with Jolene in 2000, with the pair later going on to marry.

Alan's real-life daughter, Tracy Jane White, also appeared on 'The Archers', playing Sid’s offspring Lucy for over 10 years.

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