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Lionel Jeffries: Your memories

Lionel Jeffries Photo: PA/PA Wire

The British actor and film director, Lionel Jeffries has died, aged 83.

After serving in the British Army in World War II he began his career in acting, starring as Grandpa Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and writing and directing the children's classic The Railway Children.

BBC News website readers have sent in their reaction to the news:

I hope it's "port out, starboard home" for your final journey Grandpa Potts! A great actor who always raised a smile.
Sue Hodgson, Grantham, Lincs, UK

Whenever he appeared on screen you knew you were going to enjoy some wonderful entertainment, especially in the Ealing comedies. A great actor and a real loss to British cinema.
Richard, Washington DC, US

Yet another legend has left us. While younger people may not remember this fine man, actor and director, I do. And what a character he was, he always commanded the stage or screen whenever present. God bless him, and my sincerest condolences to his family.
Peter Berry, Portsmouth, UK

You should not overlook his wonderful performances as bumbling, self-regarding, uniformed officialdom in the great Peter Sellers classics, Two Way Stretch and Wrong Arm of the Law. For me, those topped anything else.
Richard Woolley, London, UK

I first saw Lionel in a stage production of a revue called Brouhaha in London's West End in 1958; this was also the debut of Peter Sellers. Lionel had a memorable line when seeing some badly drawn graffiti "Long Live Freedom" said: "Who is Fred Om..." -forerunner of a Goon joke. Thirty years later I met Lionel in an Italian restaurant in Shaftesbury Avenue and we talked about his time with Sellers. Lionel was a very approachable person and a great character. He will be missed.
John Brimley, Milton Keynes, UK

I grew up with the lovely Lionel Jeffries' era of films from the 1950s onwards and have always enjoyed and admired him. One of his greatest gifts to us was The Railway Children, possibly the best ever family film I have ever seen - and yes, every time I see Jenny Agutter rush towards Iain Cuthbertson at the end of the film and shout "Daddy, oh my daddy" I blub. It's beautiful.
Charlie Edgeler, Polerro, Cornwall, UK

Lionel Jeffries, like Alastair Sim, never seemed to be less than middle-aged. One of my favourite pictures from my childhood was The Amazing Mr Blunden. I must have seen it about 50 times. Another person from a lovely golden time has gone.
Jessica Smith, Hull, UK



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