The Bill actor George Rossi dies aged 60

The Bill actor George Rossi dies aged 60: Co-stars pay tribute to ‘funny, warm colleague’ who played DC Duncan Lennox on ITV drama for 20 years

  • Rossi died on Wednesday January 5, with his niece Louisa writing that he had still been acting ‘up until recently’
  • His cause of death is unknown 
  • George made his debut in The Bill in 1993, and would go on to appear in almost 200 episodes over the next 20 years
  • He also appeared in a string of other well-known TV programmes including Taggart, and the first two series’ of Whitechapel between 2009 and 2010 
  • Billy Murray, who played Don Beech in The Bill from 1995 to 2004, tweeted a tribute on Friday, writing that he was ‘a funny, warm colleague’

The Bill star George Rossi has died at the age of 60.

The actor played DC Duncan Lennox for 20 years in the ITV drama. His passing was announced in a statement from his niece on social media.

Rossi died on Wednesday January 5, with his niece Louisa writing that he had still been acting ‘up until recently.’ His cause of death is unknown.

Sad news: The Bill star George Rossi has died at the age of 60. The actor played DC Duncan Lennox for 20 years in the ITV drama (pictured in 2003)

‘Unfortunately George Rossi who played DC Duncan Lennox passed away the morning of Wednesday 5th January 2022,’ Louise wrote on Twitter.

‘This is my uncle,’ she added. ‘He was acting still up until recently. Unfortunately he passed away yesterday morning.

Glasgow-born George made his debut in The Bill in 1993, and would go on to appear in almost 200 episodes over the next 20 years. He left the drama in 2003. 

He also appeared in a string of other well-known TV programmes including Taggart, and the first two series’ of Whitechapel between 2009 and 2010, portraying another detective, DC McCormack. 

Fan favourite: George made his debut in The Bill in 1993, and would go on to appear in almost 200 episodes (pictured as Lennox)

George also starred in the 1984 movie Comfort and Joy alongside his brother Peter, and appeared as Kevin in Roughnecks.

The actor appeared in medical dramas Holby City and Casualty, as well as TV series The Singing Detective, and he starred opposite Peter Riegert, Denis Lawson, and Fulton Mackay in 1983 comedy-drama film Local Hero.

In 2013, George appeared as Gianpaolo Albertini in BBC soap Doctors, and in 2011 he starred as Marco in Hustle.

ITV star: Rossi spent 20 years playing Lennox, before leaving the ITV serial drama in 2003 (pictured with Chris Ellison as DCI Frank Burnside and Lorraine Chase as Betty on The Bill)

During his career he featured alongside major names like Jean Reno, Chris O’Donnell and Sandra Bullock.

His final project was as David in the film Le Cineaste – A Director’s Journey, which he filmed in 2020. 

Billy Murray, who played Don Beech in The Bill from 1995 to 2004, tweeted a tribute on Friday, writing: ‘Devastated to hear #GeorgeRossi has died. A funny, warm colleague at The Bill and a fine actor. 60 no age. RIP my friend.’ 

Actress Tracie Bennett, who appeared alongside Rossi in The Bill and various other TV dramas, tweeted her condolences, writing: ‘R.I.P. George Rossi. Can’t believe it. We used to laugh til we cried. Also a very gentle and a wonderful man. Gone too young. Condolences to family. Go well my lovely.’  

Tributes: Billy Murray, who played Don Beech in The Bill from 1995 to 2004, tweeted that Rossi was ‘a funny, warm colleague at The Bill and a fine actor’

Colleague: Actress Tracie Bennett, who appeared alongside Rossi in The Bill and various other TV dramas, tweeted her condolences, writing: ‘R.I.P. George Rossi. Can’t believe it’

Casting director Claire Toeman added: ‘Rest in peace George Rossi you were the dearest of friends you will be sorely missed.’ 

Born in Govan, Glasgow, Rossi was of Italian descent and worked alongside his family in their ice-cream van. He trained at East 15 Acting School in Debden, Essex

Last year, former The Bill star Ben Roberts – who portrayed Chief Inspector Derek Conway in the ITV drama from 1987 to 2002 – died aged 70.

His agents LCM Limited wrote on Twitter at the time: ‘Remembering the wonderful Ben Roberts who sadly passed away on Monday. Best known as Chief Inspector Derek Conway in The Bill & he had an extensive career in theatre, TV & film. Our thoughts are with his wife Helen & family at this time. (sic)’

TV star: He also appeared in a string of other well-known TV programmes including Taggart, and the first two series’ of Whitechapel between 2009 and 2010 (pictured in 1994)

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