Mike Yarwood, one of the most popular and versatile impressionists of his generation, has died at the age of 81. Yarwood was known for his uncanny ability to mimic the voices and mannerisms of a wide range of public figures, from politicians to celebrities. His sketches were often satirical and witty, and he was a master of capturing the essence of his subjects.
Yarwood was born in Manchester, England, in 1941. He began his career as a radio performer in the 1960s, and his first television sketch show, "The Mike Yarwood Show," premiered in 1969. The show was a huge success, and Yarwood quickly became a household name. He went on to star in several other successful sketch shows, including "Mike Yarwood in Persons" and "Mike Yarwood's 70s Show."
Yarwood was also a successful actor, appearing in films such as "The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin" and "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball." He was also a regular on the West End stage, and he won a Laurence Olivier Award for his performance in the play "The Dresser."
Yarwood was a much-loved figure in British entertainment, and his death will be a great loss. He was a true master of his craft, and his sketches will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.
In addition to his talent as an impressionist, Yarwood was also a gifted writer and comedian. His sketches were often very funny, but they also had a sharp edge. He was not afraid to skewer politicians and celebrities, and his work often reflected the social and political climate of the time.
Yarwood was a true original, and there will never be another like him. He was a national treasure, and his death is a sad day for British comedy. His legacy will live on, and his work will continue to be enjoyed by fans for many years to come.