The Archers actor Arnold Peters dies aged 87


Veteran actor Arnold Peters, who was known for his role as Jack Woolley in The Archers for more than 30 years, has died at the age of 87.

His appearances on the show spanned almost 60 years, having first featured in the cast in 1953 and notching up spells as two other characters prior to Jack.

Peters died after suffering from Alzheimer's, a disease which also affected his character - although he continued to perform until July 2011 despite the condition.

His family said he died on Saturday at a home in Northamptonshire.

Peters was diagnosed with Alzheimer's shortly after his character began to suffer from the condition but, despite the toll it was taking on his memory, he was able to continue acting and was said to "come to life" in front of a microphone.