Actor Frank Windsor who starred in Z-Cars dies at the age of 92.

Frank Windsor passed away ‘peacefully’ aged 92 at his home in London on Wednesday, his agent said

Actor Frank Windsor who starred in Z-Cars, Eastenders, and Softly, Softly actor has died at the age of 92 ‘surrounded by his family’, his agent confirmed today.

Frank windsor pictured sitting inside the car

In a career spanning some 50 years, the much-loved actor worked mostly in television with roles in Casualty, EastEnders, ITV drama Peak Practice and Doctor Who.

But he was perhaps best known for playing Detective Sergeant John Watt in the BBC series Z-Cars, which was set in the fictional town of Newtown, based on Kirkby in Lancashire.

He played DS Watt in Z-Cars from 1962 to 1965 and later appeared in spin-offs Softly, Softly and Softly, Softly: Taskforce from 1966 to 1976.

Pictures of Windsor at different movie scene

The popular show offered an alternative to the police procedurals of the time, with a darker tone and a northern setting, when many were based in southern England.

It ran for more than 800 episodes and featured a cast of stars including Stratford Johns as Detective Inspector Barlow and Brian Blessed as ‘Fancy’ Smith.

In 1997, Windsor’s son David was killed aged just 29, in a road crash alongside a female companion, Denise Rothwell, 32.

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Frank starring as James Salsey in the IVT court series in 1979

In 2000,

Windsor appeared in the poignant ITV drama Anchor Me

portraying a man whose family refuses to admit their feelings over the death of his character’s son.

Speaking at the time, he said the role had prompted him to confront his own son’s death.

Frank’s Biography.

Frank W Higgins was born on July 12, 1928.

Windsor attended Queen Mary’s Grammar School at Walsall,

Before going on to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama then based at London’s Royal Albert Hall. 

His final film role came in 2000 as Mr Walker in Between Two Women. 

Windsor’s other appearances include an Age of Kings,

* A for Andromeda and the London Connection.

‘Frank is survived by his daughter Amanda and his wife Mary,

who was by his side until the end

‘Frank passed away peacefully at his home in London on Wednesday, September 30, 2020,” his agent said.

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