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Remembering the entertainment and arts figures we lost in 2020

Clockwise from top left: Chadwick Boseman, Sean Connery, Kirk Douglas, Diana Rigg, Vera Lynn, Caroline Flack

As the year draws to a close, it is time to remember the figures from the worlds of arts and entertainment who died in 2020. Here is a look back at some of those we said farewell to.

January

Derek Fowlds, Terry Jones and Nicholas Parsons
Derek Fowlds, Terry Jones and Nicholas Parsons (PA MEDIA/BBC)

The new decade began with the deaths of Yes Minister actor Derek Fowlds, Monty Python star Terry Jones and long-time Just A Minute host Nicholas Parsons. We also lost:

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February

Kirk Douglas and Caroline Flack
Kirk Douglas and Caroline Flack (GETTY IMAGES/PA MEDIA)

This was the month that Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas left us at the age of 103. It was also the month that TV presenter Caroline Flack died aged 40. We also lost:

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March

Roy Hudd, Kenny Rogers and Max Von Sydow
Roy Hudd, Kenny Rogers and Max Von Sydow (PA MEDIA/GETTY IMAGES)

This was the month we said goodbye to comedian Roy Hudd, country singer Kenny Rogers and actor Max Von Sydow, star of The Exorcist and Flash Gordon. We also lost:

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April

Honor Blackman, Eddie Large and Tim Brooke-Taylor
Honor Blackman, Eddie Large and Tim Brooke-Taylor (BBC/GETTY IMAGES)

Goldfinger actress Honor Blackman, comedian Eddie Large and Goodies star Tim Brooke-Taylor were among those who left us during the fourth month of 2020. We also lost:

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May

Little Richard, Florian Schneider and Betty Wright
Little Richard, Florian Schneider and Betty Wright (GETTY IMAGES)

This was the month the music world bid farewell to rock ‘n’ roll legend Little Richard, Kraftwerk founder Florian Schneider and R&B singer Betty Wright. We also lost:

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June

Sir Ian Holm, Dame Vera Lynn and Carl Reiner
Sir Ian Holm, Dame Vera Lynn and Carl Reiner (REUTERS/BBC/GETTY IMAGES)

This was the month three beloved veterans – actor Sir Ian Holm, Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn and comedy legend Carl Reiner – left us. We also lost:

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July

Olivia de Havilland, Ennio Morricone and Alan Parker
Olivia de Havilland, Ennio Morricone and Alan Parker (GETTY IMAGES/REUTERS/PA MEDIA)

This was the month we said a sad goodbye to Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland, composer Ennio Morricone and film director Alan Parker. We also lost:

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August

Chadwick Boseman and Ben Cross as he appeared in The Citadel
Chadwick Boseman and Ben Cross (REUTERS/BBC)

This month saw the unexpected death of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman as well as the demise of Chariots of Fire actor Ben Cross. We also lost:

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September

Sir Terence Conran and Dame Diana Rigg
Sir Terence Conran and Dame Diana Rigg (EPA/BBC)

This was the month we said goodbye to a pair of British icons – designer Sir Terence Conran and Dame Diana Rigg, star of The Avengers and Game of Thrones. We also lost:

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October

Bobby Ball as he appeared in Last of the Summer Wine, Frank Bough and Sir Sean Connery
Bobby Ball, Frank Bough and Sir Sean Connery (PA MEDIA)

This was the month we said farewell to comedian Bobby Ball, long-time BBC presenter Frank Bough and film star Sir Sean Connery, the first big-screen Bond. We also lost:

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November

Des O’Connor, Geoffrey Palmer and John Sessions (PA MEDIA)

This was the month we paid our respects to entertainer Des O’Connor, TV and film actor Geoffrey Palmer and the actor and comedian John Sessions. We also lost:

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December

John le Carré and Dame Barbara Windsor (PA MEDIA)

As this most challenging of years drew to a close we said goodbye to best-selling author John le Carré and much-loved actress Dame Barbara Windsor. We also lost:

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