Peter Goodwright dies at 84 | Impressionist from 1970s show Who Do You Do? and more

Peter Goodwright dies at 84

Impressionist from 1970s show Who Do You Do? and more

Veteran comedian and impressionist Peter Goodwright has reportedly died at the age of 84.

He was one of the stars of LWT’s long-running impersonation show Who Do You Do? in the 1970s alongside the likes of Russ Abbott, Les Dennis  and Dustin Gee, Faith Brown, Michael Barrymore, Freddie Starr and Little and Large

The Cheshire-born entertainer was also  a panel member on the Radio 2 comedy panel show The Impressionists and appeared on the Royal Variety Performance in 1987.

Overall, his career stretched from The Clitheroe Kid and Hancock's Half-Hour in the 1960s, to Harry Enfield’s 1989 mockumentary Sir Norbert Smith: A Life. His episode of Hancock is still on BBC Sounds.

News of his death was posted on social media just hours after the passing of fellow impressionist John Sessions was announced at the age of 67.

Elstree Studios chairman Morris Bright paid tribute to Goodwright, saying: ‘Sad to hear that impressionist and comedy actor Peter Goodwright has passed, aged 84. Brought me so much joy as I grew up, listening to him on radio and then seeing him on television. A funny man. Great comedy timing. Excellent farceur.’

His post was accompanied by a poster for a run of Ray Cooney’s stage farce Run For Your Life in which Goodwright appeared alongside Les Dawson, Ted Robbins and Eric Sykes.

Writer and director Dirk Maggs added of Goodwright:  ‘Funny vocal impressions, a solid actor and a charming man. Sad day for UK comedy.’

Published: 3 Nov 2020

What do you think?

Live comedy picks

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.