Gorden Kaye: Funeral of 'Allo 'Allo! star held in Huddersfield

Image copyright Mary Evans Picture Library Image caption Crowds gathered outside Huddersfield Parish Church for the service

The funeral of actor Gorden Kaye, who was best known for his role in the hit BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!, has started in his home town of Huddersfield.

Kaye played cafe owner Rene Artois on the show, which centred on the fictional exploits of WWII resistance fighters in German-occupied France.

Mourners filled Huddersfield Parish Church for the 12:30 GMT service.

'Allo 'Allo! co-stars Vicki Michelle and Sue Hodge were among those attending.

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The actor appeared in all 84 episodes of the hit TV show, as well as a stage version.

Image copyright Rex Features Image caption Kaye's 'Allo 'Allo! co-stars Vicki Michelle and Sue Hodge were among those attending

Kaye, who had dementia, died last month aged 75 at a care home in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.

Michelle, who played waitress Yvette Carte-Blanche, said he was part of her life "like family" for at least 20 years.

She said: "He was lovely. Sometimes he was really naughty and he played pranks, and other times he'd be quite serious, and sometimes I think he was quite lonely - there were many different sides to him.

"He loved playing Rene, he found his niche because he was just amazing as Rene."

Image caption Kaye appeared in every episode of the hit BBC sitcom

Kim Hartman, who played Private Helga Geerhart, said: "We worked together for 10 years, we travelled the world together with the 'Allo 'Allo! stage show.

"They were exciting times and I associate those with Gorden."

Image caption Gorden Kaye played Rene Artois in the 1980s sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!

Born in Huddersfield, Kaye revealed in his autobiography the unusual spelling of his first name was due to a spelling error by the acting union Equity, which he decided to adopt.

The actor got his first big TV break in ITV soap Coronation Street, playing Elsie Tanner's nephew Bernard Butler.

He went on to appear in a number of roles in sitcoms including Till Death Us Do Part, It Ain't Half Hot Mum and Are You Being Served? before landing the role of Rene.


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