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Sitcom star, famous for the catchphrase 'Don't panic' while playing Corporal Jones, dies in Portugal after a short illness

Clive Dunn, best known for his role as Lance Corporal Jones in Dad's Army has died at his home in Portugal after a short illness. He was 92.

Dunn, who starred alongside his friend John Le Mesurier in the hit sitcom about a group of bumbling Home Guard soldiers, is believed to have been ill for a couple of weeks at his Algarve home on the outskirts of Boliqueime. His agent Peter Charlesworth said the star would be "sorely missed". Dunn's capacity for playing elderly people on screen saw him accept, at the age of 48, the role of Jones, who was famous for the catchphrases "Don't panic" and "Permission to speak". He had a number one hit in 1971 with the novelty song Grandad, appearing on Top of the Pops aged »

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