On The Other Hand, Still Game star Sanjeev Kholi applauded his “big heart, huge brain, huge spirit, big passion”.
” National treasure” Gray, popular for his function as Chancer in the 1980s funny City Lights, likewise starred in Naked Video, River City and was a beloved regular at the Edinburgh Festival – not to mention inimitable sidekick at the Kings annual pantomime.
In the words of Trainspotting star Robert Carlyle, Gray was one of the “loveliest, sweetest, funniest actors” he ever had the pleasure to deal with.
” His loss will be felt throughout our production and he will never be forgotten by all who understood him, however that is absolutely nothing compared to the loss that his household and partner are feeling now. All our sympathies and thoughts are with them.”.
Grant Stott added: “Today I, thus many others, am concerning terms with the loss of my dear friend, partner, Panto sibling; Andy Gray.
” I will miss him horrible and, as sad as I am, I know for a reality Andy would want all of us to keep in mind the laughs of which there were numerous, both on and off phase – and generally at my expence. Rest in peace my big china.”.
Star and director David Hayman, who understood Andy Gray for over 40 years, gave this touching tribute: “Andy Gray was a lovable, warm hearted, utterly captivating person who also occurred to be a comic genius.
Andy Gray, hailed as an “extraordinary” actor and performer, has passed away at the age of 61 – leaving the Scottish show business devastated.
” On screen and in person he could always make you laugh and was one of the kindest people to have around on any production. Our thoughts are with his family at this challenging time.”.
” He was such a generous, warm and encouraging man who had a completely lovely mild showmanship. He helped us out with a number of neighborhood events– our first Fun Palaces, a cumulative poem were making with Jim Mackintosh – and we remained in discussion about bringing his sketch show Perth in the Buff back as soon as restrictions permitted.
The ideas of everyone at Capital Theatres are with Andys household at this really unfortunate time. Rest in peace Andy.The group at Capital Theatres.
— Capital Theatres, Edinburgh (@captheatres) January 18, 2021.
He included: “So sad and such substantial loss to his loving family and pals.”.
Allan Stewart said: “Today a light headed out in my life. My buddy and panto partnery Andy Gray, has left the building. We have been collaborating for over twenty years and I will remember him for all the laughs weve had, on and off the stage.
RIP Andy Gray. Among the loveliest, sweetest, funniest stars i ever had the satisfaction to work with. Such and so sad big loss to his caring household and pals.
— Robert Carlyle (@robertcarlyle_) January 18, 2021.
Gayle Telfer Stevens, who played Caitlin McLean in River City– married on-screen to Andys character– stated: “Andy was, and will remain, a nationwide treasure.
My friend and panto partnery Andy Gray, has actually left the structure. I never ever, ever heard anyone say a bad word about Andy Gray. Andy Gray was a big existence. We are distressed to hear that the fantastic Andy Gray has died. Disturbed to hear about the death of Andy Gray.
The Perth-born performer had previously been identified with blood cancer in 2018, however returned to the phase to appear in the Kings panto the list below year..
He said the star will be “hugely missed”.
” One of the finest our country has ever had the satisfaction to experience and we were so fortunate to have had the time we finished with you. Andy, you will be achingly missed out on. Your laugh will echo in Scotlands heart and you will never be forgotten. Love you permanently.”.
Fellow River City star Tom Urie called Gray a “real gentleman” and a “huge loss to Scotland, in a sentiment echoed by culture secretary Fiona Hyslop who hailed him as “one of [Scotlands] best understood boys of stage.”.
We are sending love to household, pals and his colleagues here at BBC Scotland following the death of comedy star Andy Gray.https:// t.co/ cI9SHbxVYi pic.twitter.com/br3VMa96em.
— BBC Scotland Comms (@BBCScotComms) January 18, 2021.
Andy Gray brought a lot delight and laughter to theatre audiences. He was a stage and screen institution – his household will sorely miss him however Scotland will also miss among its best understood children of stage https://t.co/ucCpCUYaIv.
— Fiona Hyslop (@FionaHyslop) January 18, 2021.
” His contagious enthusiasm for his work had an influence on all those who dealt with him, he became a pillar of the production, his trials and tribulations with the love of his life Caitlin McLean ended up being some of the very best material ever to be transmitted by the show.
I never ever, ever heard anybody state a bad word about Andy Gray. A real gentlemen and a huge loss to Scotland. Love to his household and friends x.
— Tom Urie (@mrtomurie) January 18, 2021.
” We will all remember Andy with love, a smile and love for the lots of years of brightness, friendship and fun he gave all our lives and the entertainment he provided to numerous generations of panto-goers during his time at the Kings.
” Not just was he an exceptional star and performer who brought so much joy to a lot of people, he was a remarkable man.
Martin McCardie, executive manufacturer for River City, said: “Everyone at River City, all cast and team are ravaged to hear the very unfortunate news that Andy Gray died this morning.
” He was enjoyed by so numerous people and I will miss him with all my heart. As he constantly stated Cheerybumps Andy.”.
” Im sorry to miss out on that opportunity and the possibility to understand Andy better. Andy was charming to deal with and this is a truly sad loss to the Perth Theatre community and to audiences everywhere.”.
” He was also a truly charming and funny guy. He will be sorely missed by numerous. My acknowledgements are with his family and buddies.”.
Ravaged weve lost Andy Gray. A beautiful male & & funny genius. At drama school Andy had us in stitches for hours while he improvised comedy routines. Was to paint my left pinky nail purple when I finished filming today as his family have actually been doing to show support. I still will.
— Tam Dean Burn (@tamdeanburn) January 18, 2021.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also paid homage.
Andy was a legend of the Scottish acting community, from City Lights, to panto, River City and so much more. He will be sorely missed by lots of. My condolences are with his family and buddies.
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) January 18, 2021.
He remained in the spotlight for more than 40 years, a legend of Scottish phase and screen..
” When you were in his existence you might feel it was of greatness. The most gorgeous male.
” Among numerous functions for the BBC he will constantly be lovingly kept in mind as audience favourites, the iconic Chancer in City Lights and the silver-tongued performer Pete Galloway in River City.
His look at this years panto was derailed when the pandemic saw it held off, and prepares to appear along with co-star and buddy Allan Stewart for a festive reward in Milton Keynes were likewise cancelled due to heightened lockdown constraints.
” The thoughts of everyone at Capital Theatres are with Andys family at this very unfortunate time. Rest in peace, Andy.”.
Andy Gray was a substantial presence. Huge heart, big brain, huge spirit, substantial enthusiasm. And he will be extremely missed.
— Sanjeev Kohli (@govindajeggy) January 18, 2021.
Steve Carson, director of BBC Scotland, said: “We are deeply saddened by the news that a person of Scotlands much-loved comedy stars and buddy to numerous at BBC Scotland, Andy Gray, has actually passed away.
The group at Capital Theatres, which is accountable for the Edinburghs iconic Kings Theatre pantomime, said: “It is with massive unhappiness that we have become aware of the passing of our dear colleague and panto star, Andy Gray. We are still reeling from the news and are all definitely ravaged.
” When Andy signed up with River City in 2016 he had an extremely successful stage, TV and film profession behind him, but the character of Pete Galloway ended up being one of the most popular characters ever to go through Shieldinch.
She said: “So unfortunate to hear this. Andy was a legend of the Scottish acting neighborhood, from City Lights, to panto, River City and so much more.
” He decorated life. He was among the Good Guys. A light has gone from our lives with his death.”
” Anyone who has sat in a theatre and been touched his magic as the tears of laughter rolled down their face will understand what an excellent loss he is to us all. It is a catastrophe he has died so young.
Perth Theatre, publishing an image from the archives of Gray, stated: “Andy Gray got in touch at the beginning of the very first lockdown last year to ask if he might help the theatre in any way and I leapt at the opportunity. I extremely enjoyed the brief contact I had with him.
Pantomime favourites and longtime buddies and co-stars of Andy Gray – Allan Stewart and Grant Stott – have paid tribute.
We are distressed to hear that the wonderful Andy Gray has actually passed away. A charming guy and a real legend of Scottish theatre. pic.twitter.com/q4x0UcSSyi.
— Play Pie Pint (@PlayPiePint) January 18, 2021.
Disturbed to become aware of the death of Andy Gray. One of lifes heros – he was extremely gifted and among the nicest people you could ever intend to meet. His double-act with Grant Stott never ever failed to put a smile on my face. You will be missed, Andy pic.twitter.com/ux59Mx6HZf.
— Barry Gordon (@barrytobebarry) January 18, 2021.
” He was a big part of every element of my life; individual, professional and household – he leaves an enormous void that can never be filled. I count myself lucky that I had the ability to work and discover from him for more than 20 years and his support, generosity and support to me has been an ever-present in all of that time.
” Andy took ill in 2018 and he had to leave the show and he had a tough time. His continuous healing was borne with humour and gratitude for what he had, he had incomplete business on River City and we were eagerly anticipating inviting him back to movie with us before completion of the present series.