Actor Hardwicke Dies

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May 18, 2011 | 4:25am EST

British actor Edward Hardwicke has died, aged 78.
The star, best known for playing Dr. Watson opposite Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock Holmes on U.K. TV in the 1980s, passed away on Monday.

Hardwicke appeared as the detective’s sidekick in The Return of Sherlock Holmes for eight years, before moving on to beloved British shows Lovejoy, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Shameless.

The actor also more recently appeared in movies including Love Actually and Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist.

He is survived by two daughters, Kate and Emma.