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Wallace And Gromit star Peter Sallis dies

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Peter Sallis in the recording studio for a Wallace And Gromit TV special © PA Peter Sallis in the recording studio for a Wallace And Gromit TV special

Peter Sallis, who was the voice of Wallace in the beloved animation Wallace And Gromit, has died aged 96.

The actor also starred in the long-running sitcom Last Of The Summer Wine, playing Norman Clegg between 1973 and 2010.

Sallis died peacefully with his family by his side on 2 June, his agents announced.

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His role as Wallace, a loveable inventor with a penchant for Wensleydale cheese and a canine companion called Gromit, made his voice famous around the world.

After the cartoon scooped several Academy Awards, Sallis had spoken of his delight at becoming an unlikely Hollywood star and enjoying success so late on in his career.

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