Ronnie Corbett, half of much-loved duo The Two Ronnies, has died at the age of 85. Corbett’s publicist says he died today surrounded by his family. Edinburgh-born Corbett came to prominence on the satirical 1960s TV show “The Frost Report.” He then teamed up with Ronnie Barker in “The Two Ronnies” whose tall figure was the opposite of Corbett’s 5″1 frame. The Two Ronnies series ran for 16 years with many Christmas specials, at its peak it had 17 million viewers. One of the most famous sketches of the show was the ‘Four Candles’ skit which helped make them household names and loved by millions. Also, their signature signoff, “Now it’s goodnight from me. And it’s goodnight from him” became a popular catchphrase. Corbett married actress and dancer Annie Hart in 1965 and she gave up show business to raise their two daughters, Emma and Sophie. Ronnie Corbett was a keen beekeeper and sports fan becoming president of cricketing charity the Lord’s Taverners. He also appeared in a number of comedy programmes such as Extras and Little Britain abroad, including hosting 3 comedy sketch shows with Ronnie Barker in the 2000s. In 2012, Corbett received a CBE in the New Years Honours List for services to entertainment and charity.

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