Actor John Inman, most famous for the comedy Are You Being Served?, has died in London aged 71, his spokesman said. Inman made his name in the 1970s show as Mr Humphries, whose catchphrase "I'm free!" entered popular culture.
In recent years he was a pantomime regular, most often taking the role of the dame. He also made appearances in BBC comedy show Revolver in 2004.
The Preston-born actor died in hospital and had been suffering from a Hepatitis A infection for some time.
The infection, usually caused by eating contaminated food, forced him to cancel the opening of a pantomime in London in December 2004.