Actor and director Gerard Murphy died from prostate cancer on 26 August 2013 at the age of 64. Born in Newry, County Down, he began his professional career with the Glasgow Citizens Theatre – returning there last year for an acclaimed Krapp’s Last Tape – and was an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing as Hal alongside Joss Ackland’s Falstaff in Henry IV, Part I in 1982, the first production to open the RSC’s then new Barbican Theatre home. He was last seen in the West End in the 2010/11 revival of The Rivals at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. His most recent film was the adaptation of Abbie Spallen’s hit stage play Pump Girl in 2009. As a director, his productions were seen in the UK, US and Japan. His television credits included Z Cars, Crown Court, My Son, My Son, Charters & Caldicott, McCallum, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Doctor Who. His last TV appearance was in a 2009 episode of Spooks.