Doctor Who star Stewart Bevan has died at the age of 73.
The actor was best known for playing Professor Clifford Jones in 1973, alongside Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor in the British science fiction television programme.
His passing was announced and confirmed by his ex-partner and former co-star Katy Manning in a Twitter thread on Monday afternoon, February 21.
#StewartBevan The most beautiful man poet actor screenwriter husband ❤️& father to @CoralBevan ❤️@Misswendybevan ❤️went on his awfully big adventure . He was the love in my life for many years on & off screen & our wonderful friendship continued to the end ❤️ pic.twitter.com/aZS6hANHMa
— KatyManning Official welcomes you (@ManningOfficial) February 21, 2022
She paid tribute to Bevan by sharing photos of them together and wrote: “Stewart Bevan, the most beautiful man poet actor screenwriter husband and father to @CoralBevan @Misswendybevan went on his awfully big adventure.”
“He was the love in my life for many years on and off-screen and our wonderful friendship continued to the end.”
The actress also noted that she was writing a short story and intended to dedicate her work to him, saying Bevan was a “huge part” of her story.
We’re sad to hear that Stewart Bevan has passed away, who played Professor Clifford Jones, the husband of Jo Jones (née Grant) ❤️ pic.twitter.com/0rqiTDzS7J
— Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks (@bbcdoctorwho) February 21, 2022
The official Doctor Who Twitter account also remember the late actor by sharing a photo of Manning and Bevan, writing: “We’re sad to hear that Stewart Bevan has passed away, who played Professor Clifford Jones, the husband of Jo Jones (nee Grant)”.
Tributes also poured in from Doctor Who fans, who described the late star as a “wonderful gentleman.”
One tweet read: “Farewell #StewartBevan. Professor Cliff Jones will live on forever.”
Another fan said his loss would be felt “throughout the #DoctorWho community.”
Bevan featured in six episodes of Doctor Who in 1973 and has also appeared in Emmerdale in 1977 and has starred in a string of films including Brannigan, The Ghoul, House of Mortal Sin and The Scouting Book for Boy.
The actor is survived by his two daughters, Coral and Wendy Bevan.