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In pictures: John Inman

John Inman

Actor John Inman, most famous for the comedy Are You Being Served?, has died aged 71 after being ill for some time.

The cast of Are You Being Served?

Inman became a household name as Mr Humphries, a camp sales assistant with the catchphrase, "I'm free".

Wendy Richards and John Inman

Wendy Richard, who played shop assistant Miss Brahms in the series, described Inman as "one of the wittiest and most inventive actors" she had ever worked with.

John Inman

Inman was named BBC TV personality of the year in 1976. In the same year he was voted the funniest man on television by TV Times readers.

John Inman and Joanne Heywood

In 1992 the Are You Being Served? team reunited for a new series, Grace and Favour, set in a manor house.

Russ Kane, John Inman and Vanessa Feltz

Inman went on to star in more than 40 pantomimes, and was often cast as the dame. He used to make his own costumes and write his own jokes.

John Inman

Inman appeared in the BBC sketch comedy show Revolver in 2004. His manager, Phil Dale hopes he will be remembered as a "genuine British comedian".

John Inman in Are You Being Served?

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