John Bird death: Rory Bremner leads tributes to ‘one of the greatest satirists’


The actor and comedian John Bird has died aged 86, his representatives have confirmed.

Bird died peacefully on Christmas Eve (24 December).

Following news of his death, fellow comedian Rory Bremner paid tribute to “one of the greatest satirists”.

Together with the late John Fortune, Bird and Remner made up the trio who starred in the TV series Bremner, Bird and Fortune.

The satirical show ran between 1999 and 2009. Across its 16 seasons, it was nominated for numerous Bafta TV Awards.

In the Sixties, Bird was part of the satire boom. He appeared reguarly in That Was The Week That Was.

The comedian’s death follows almost nine years to the day since his co-star Fortune died.

Fortune died on 31 December, 2013.

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