Tributes to Andy Gray Scottish actor and comedy star who died aged 61

TRIBUTES

MSM ENTERTAINMENT: The Scottish entertainment world has been left stunned by the death of the 60-year-old star of City Lights, Naked Video and River City.

The Perth-based actor, who was one of the stars of the Christmas pantomime at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh each year and was also a huge draw at the Fringe thanks to his theatre double act with Grant Stott.

Gray, who started his acting career at Perth Theatre in the late 1970s, had previously battled blood cancer after being diagnosed in 2018, but made a comeback in the King’s panto the following year.

After the cancellation of the most recent show due to the pandemic, Gray had been due to appear with King’s co-star Allan Stewart in a festive show in Milton Keynes, which was eventually called off due to tightened restrictions in the area.

BBC Scotland director Steve Carson said: “We are deeply saddened by the news that one of Scotland’s much loved comedy actors and close friend to many at BBC Scotland has passed away.

“Among many roles for the BBC he will always be lovingly remembered as audience favourites, the iconic ‘Chancer’ in City Lights and the silver tongued entertainer Pete Galloway in River City. On screen and in person he could always make you laugh and was one of the kindest people to have around on any production. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”