Welsh television actor Islwyn Morris dies at 90

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Islwyn Morris

Islwyn Mor­ris

Welsh actor Islwyn Mor­ris, best known to many TV view­ers for por­tray­ing Idris in the 1990 BBC Wales com­edy Satel­lite City, died Tues­day. He was 90.

Mor­ris voiced the title role in “King March: A Story from Wales,” an episode of the Emmy-winning 2000 series Ani­mated Tales of the World.

For over 25 years, the Swansea-born actor played the part of David Tush­ing­ham in the Welsh-language soap opera Pobol y Cwm.

I worked with Islwyn on Satel­lite City for six years,” said series writer Boyd Clack, who also starred in the pro­gram. Islwyn was a great actor, a great man, it was an honor to have known him and worked with him.

He played my father in Satel­lite City. I lost my father when I was young, and I thought of him in a few ways as being a father fig­ure. For the first time, he became rec­og­nized by peo­ple in Wales — he thought it was funny, he quite enjoyed it,” Clack added.

He was very much a fam­ily man, and his faith meant a lot to him. Being with him was a con­stant pleasure.”

Mor­ris started his act­ing career in reper­tory the­ater. Among his early TV cred­its were Z Cars and The Dis­trict Nurse.

BBC Wales direc­tor Keith Jones described him as one of Wales’ most loved actors.

More on Islwyn Mor­ris at the Big Car­toon Forum

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