Michael Redfern, star of iconic Oxo adverts, dies aged 79

Michael Redfern, who was famous for his recurring role in the Oxo adverts, has died aged 79 (Picture: OXO / PA )

TV icon Michael Redfern has died at the age of 79.

The actor, best-known for appearing in the longstanding , died on Friday last week, his family have confirmed.

Michael had long been a staple of British TV, having appeared in the famous Oxo advert for a total of 17 years, alongside his .

His son, Ashley, announced on Friday that the beloved actor died at his home in Spain following an illness.

He told in a tribute that his father would be ‘greatly missed’ by his entire family, including his heartbroken wife, Carol.

Recalling his father’s hugely varied career, Ashley said: ‘Over the years, he was cast in a variety of roles including leading parts in the soap opera United!, The Newcomers as well as roles in classics such as The Two Ronnies, Porridge and Some Mothers Do Av ‘Em.’

Redfern starred as the father of the fictional family for 17 years (Picture: PA)

He made special mention to the Oxo commercials, saying the role had made him ‘a much loved figure in one of Britain’s favourite television families.’

Michael was born in Isleworth in 1943, and appeared in a multitude of stage and TV productions over his decades-long career.

From Crossroads, George & Mildren and The Young Ones, to roles in EastEnders and Doctors, he enjoyed a varied and successful time as an actor.

Redfern had starred as the on-screen husband of the late Lynda Bellingham, who died in 2014 (Picture: PA)

When the Oxo adverts came to an end, Michael retired to a quieter life, working as a taxi driver and in restaurants.

He eventually retired to Spain with his wife, where he was reportedly to host popular quiz nights.

The famous Oxo commercials aired between 1983 and 1999, with the star known for his trademark moustache and for his on-screen chemistry with Lynda.

Lynda – who went on to become a regular panellist of Loose Women – died in 2014 after a battle with cancer at the age of 66.

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