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Moray Watson obituary

Stage and screen actor whose military bearing perfectly suited him to the role of the brigadier in The Darling Buds of May

Moray Watson, who has died aged 88, had a long career as an actor in the theatre and cinema, but may be best remembered as the retired brigadier in The Darling Buds of May (1991-93), the popular ITV series based on the He Bates novel and starring David Jason as Pop Larkin, Pam Ferris as Ma and Catherine Zeta-Jones as their daughter Mariette. Watson, who had two British army majors as brothers and had been an army officer himself, found this part to be familiar territory. He reflected at the time that he was really just like the brigadier in the programme, and was quite comfortable living in country seclusion, knowing no more than half a dozen people.

On stage Watson could hold an audience even when he was the only player.

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