Ian Lavender was an English stage, film and television actor who died on 2 February 2024.
He was best known for his role as Private Pike in the BBC sitcom Dad’s Army, and was the last surviving cast member of the series following the death of Frank Williams in 2022.
Ian Lavender attended Bournville Technical College in the West Midlands, and then studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He graduated in 1967.
Acting on the stage at Canterbury followed, and his first television work was the ATV play “Flowers At My Feet” in 1968.
He then became the youngest cast member of Dad’s Army (1968), working with veterans Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and John Laurie.
Much of Lavender’s subsequent television work came in the form of comedy roles. He is also an accomplished stage actor, having performed in repertory and at the West End. He loves cricket, golf and gardening.
Ian Lavender Age
Arthur Ian Lavender was born on 16 February 1946 in Birmingham, England. He died on 2 February 2024 at the age of 77.
Ian Lavender cause of death
Ian’s death was announced in by Dad’s Army’s social media account on Monday afternoon (February 5).
The statement read: “We are deeply saddened to hear the passing of the wonderful, Ian Lavender. In what truly marks the end of an era, Ian was the last surviving member of the Dad’s Army main cast.
“His wonderful performance as Private Frank Pike will live on for decades to come. He leaves behind a legacy of laughter enjoyed by millions. We will dedicate this year’s tour to his memory. Our thoughts and love are with Ian’s wonderful wife Miki, their family and close friends.”
His agent confirmed he died on Friday morning. Hilary Gagan told the PA news agency Ian had been ill for some time and that his wife and sons were by his side.
Ian struggled with a few health issues over the years and was diagnosed with bladder cancer. The tumour was successfully removed but he suffered another health issue nine years later. The actor had a heart attack in 2002.
Ian Lavender Wife
Ian was married twice throughout his life.
He was previously married to fellow actor Sue Kerchiss from 1967 until their divorce in 1973.
In 1993, he received a diagnosis of bladder cancer, just six days before marrying his second wife, Miki Hardy.
On his diagnosis, Ian said in an interview the same year: “We had been living together for 16 years and it was something I should have done a long time before, these things change you, they help you to see what is important in life.”
Ian Lavender Children
Ian Lavender had two sons called Sam and Daniel from his first marriage.
He also had two granddaughters.
Speaking about being a dad, Ian told The Guardian in 2014: “It’s been lovely watching my two sons grow up and become such amazing people, despite life’s vicissitudes.
“They are special people. There’s an awful lot of theory now regarding bringing up children with DVDs, books and internet sites all offering advice.
“None of that existed when my parents were raising Paul and me.
“They just had to get on with it and do the best they could, and they did a great job.”
Ian Lavender Net worth
Ian Lavender had a net worth estimated between $1 million and $5 million.
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