Peter Sallis: veteran actor with charm, presence and an unmistakable voice

The 96-year-old actor found fame in Last of the Summer Wine and Wallace and Gromit, his comic timing illuminating both

Although a Londoner by birth, Peter Sallis, who has died aged 96, found his career-defining screen roles on both sides of the Pennines and the wars of the roses. He outstandingly portrayed a Lancastrian – Wallace, a cheese-loving inventor with a silent but brilliant dog – in the plasticine animation franchise Wallace & Gromit, and a Yorkshireman, the gently philosophical Clegg, in the long-running whimsical BBC1 sitcom Last of the Summer Wine.

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