Comedian John Sessions dies aged 67

Comedian John Sessions has died at the age of 67, it has been confirmed.

The actor, who was best known for appearances on shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway?, suffered a heart attack on Monday.

His agent said Sessions ‘died at his home in South London from a heart condition’.

Reacting to the news, Danny Baker tweeted: ‘Shocked to hear that John Sessions has died at 67. Terrific company always and a true talent.

‘His roles at the heart of this, my favourite radio series, have given endless pleasure to me and will continue to do so always. Travel easy, chum.’

His friend and regular collaborator Ronni Ancona told The Telegraph that Sessions was ‘that rare commodity, a towering intellect who was able to translate his vast intelligence into highly accessible unadulterated comedy’.

Sessions, who also appeared on Have I Got News For You and QI, studied with Kenneth Branagh at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA).

He rose to prominence the following decade with one-man shows that were televised.

The actor earned a number of film credits throughout his career with roles in movies such as Branagh’s Henry V, Merchant of Venice, Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York and Legend, about the Kray twins, starring Tom Hardy.

Notably, he played two prime ministers – Harold Wilson in Made In Dagenham and Edward Heath in The Iron Lady, in which Meryl Streep portrayed Margaret Thatcher.

Some of his TV acting gigs includes Skins and Outnumbered.

Additionally, he voiced puppets in satirical series Spitting Image while also starring in Stella Street.

Sessions was openly gay and came out while appearing in the stage show My Night With Reg, a comedy about gay life at the Royal Court Theatre.

The comic was vocal about politics and said he was ‘bored’ of people calling Ukip a ‘bunch of racists’ while expressing his support for Nigel Farage.

He opposed Scottish independence in 2014 and joined 200 public figures in signing an open letter which stated they hoped Scotland would vote to remain a part of the UK.

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