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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