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John Sessions, comedian and Whose Line Is It Anyway actor, dies at 67

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John Sessions, a Scottish actor and comedian best known for his role on the UK version of Whose Line Is It Anyway, died on Monday at his home in South London from a heart condition, his agency Markham, Froggatt & Irwin confirmed to Variety. He was ...

John Sessions, a Scottish actor and comedian best known for his role on the UK version of Whose Line Is It Anyway, died on Monday at his home in South London from a heart condition, his agency Markham, Froggatt & Irwin confirmed to Variety. He was 67.

Sessions appeared on several other British comedy shows, including Have I Got News for You, QI, Stella Street and Spitting Image. A noted character actor, he appeared in a wide variety of TV shows and films from the 1980s through the 2010s.

John Sessions attends the London Premiere of "Filth" at Odeon West End on September 30, 2013 in London, England.

Tributes have flooded in for the beloved star.

"Jeez. Another one. John Sessions. Just the best, he'd blow everyone away on Whose Line with his speed of thought & breadth of reference," tweeted fellow comedian Rory Bremner. "Utterly absorbed by Hollywood, its characters and stories, brilliant raconteur, genius mimic. A flash of brilliance just went out."

https://twitter.com/rorybremner/status/1323633686198292482

"RIP John Sessions — such an original force of clever wit and talent — the best smile — a port in a storm to all," tweeted British comedian Helen Lederer, while Scottish actress Ronni Ancona said she was "devastated by the loss of my great friend and legend Johnny Sessions. He was a genius."

https://twitter.com/HelenLederer/status/1323628416990666752https://twitter.com/RonniAncona/status/1323629591974629378

Born on January 11, 1953, in Ayrshire, Scotland, Sessions trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, studying alongside director Kenneth Branagh. The two would go on to work together on Henry V in 1989 and Five Children and It in 2004.

In the late 1980s, Sessions was part of the cast of the original radio broadcast of the improv comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway. He performed alongside fellow regular cast member Stephen Fry, a rotating panel of comedians and host Clive Anderson. Sessions became a recurring cast member in the second and third season of the show, before departing the series ahead of the fourth season in 1992.

John Sessions, comedian, dead aged 67

Throughout his career, Sessions appeared on shows like Doctor Who, Sherlock, Skins, Shameless and Outlander. He played two former prime ministers, Harold Wilson in the 2010 film Made in Daggenham and Edward Heath in The Iron Lady in 2011.

His other film credits include Loving Vincent, Florence Foster Jenkins and Mr. Holmes, in which he played Mycroft Holmes, the elder brother of famous detective Sherlock Holmes.

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