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The actor’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, in which he was to revive his cantankerous sitcom character, is cancelled.

Actor Richard Wilson, best known for playing Victor Meldrew, is being treated in hospital after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday afternoon.

Wilson’s agent, John Grant, confirmed he is in a stable condition in hospital.

Billed as I Don’t Believe It! An Evening With Victor Meldrew, the show would see Wilson recreate the classic 1993 episode, The Trial, where Meldrew waits at home for a jury duty call, before a Q&A session with the audience.

A respected theatrical director as well as an actor in both drama and comedy on stage and screen, Wilson played Meldrew for six series between 1990 and 2000, twice winning Best Light Entertainment Performance at the TV Baftas.

He has also appeared in other hit shows including Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Doctor Who and Mr Bean, as well as the more recent BBC series Merlin.

A longtime campaigner for gay rights, Wilson kept his sexuality to himself, but was publicly “outed” in a 2013 Time Out list of influential gay people.


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