Sale of the century presenter Nicholas Parsons has died aged 96

Sale of the century and just a minute presenter Nicholas Parsons has died aged 96.

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Parsons still worked into his 90’s and is best known for being the presenter of Sale of the century, he also worked in radio and theatre.

He began his professional career in 1945 starring on stage in the year long Kiwi play, and starred in other plays then in 1952 he found himself being a comedian at the Windmill Theatre.

Parsons was also a regular on the Benny Hill show from 1968-1971.

In 1971 he was the presenter of Sale of the century which lasted until 1984, Parsons was also on ‘This is your life’ in 1978.

He was the host of BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Just a minute’ which ran from 1967 until 2018.

Parsons appeared in a lot of television programmes in his long career which included Doctor Who!

In his personal life Parsons was a life long Liberal Democrat supporter, he was married to Denise Bryer in 1954 and had two kids, Nicholas and Denise divorced in 1989 and then he married again in 1995 to Anne Reynolds.

Tributes came in from fellow actors including Gyles Brandreth who tweeted:

“Nicholas Parsons was a wonderful role model, always courteous, always good-humoured, always the professional and still at his best aged 95! I thought he was immortal because he was always so alive, such sadness today, but what a career to celebrate, from the 1940’s to 2020. My hero!”

Piers Morgan tweeted:

“A wonderful man who brought so much fun, charm, wit and pleasure so many millions of people over so many decades. What a life.”

Graham Norton tweeted:

“The sound of the final whistle, Nicholas Parsons was truly the kindest person I’ve ever worked with, his continued delight at being part of show business should be an inspiration to us all! Huge love to his wife Annie and his whole family.”

Nicholas Parsons died after a short illness on 28 January 2020.

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