Jack May, The Archers' Nelson Gabriel, dies, aged 75
Saturday 20 September 1997
The cast of the series, who were told of his death while recording in Birmingham, were said to be "devastated".
One of the veterans of the programme, which began in 1950, May found fame with his portrayal of Gabriel, a wine bar manager and rather unscrupulous antique dealer, who was written into the series in 1951. Whispers in the fictional village of Ambridge often suggested that not all Gabriel's business dealings were above suspicion, May often said that he felt that he had a lot in common with his character, who he once described as "a whizzkid who has settled down a bit".
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