British actor Christopher Malcolm, most easily recognisable as Saffy’s (Julia Sawalha) gay Dad, Justin in the comedy series Absolutely Fabulous, died over the weekend aged 67. His death was confirmed by his daughter, Morgan, who took to Twitter saying:
Today the world lost a beautiful, brilliant man. My dad Christopher Malcolm left peacefully and with dignity. He will always be my hero. X
— morgan lloyd malcolm (@mogster) February 15, 2014
Though more recently known from his AbFab cameos, he played a crucial role in the original Star Wars trilogy. Without his character pilot Zev Senesca, the war against the Galactic Empire could have taken quite a different turn. That’s right Zev Senesca’s code name was Rogue Two and it was he that discovered Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and the unconscious Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) after they went missing (“Echo Base this is Rogue Two. I’ve found them. Repeat, I’ve found them”) and didn’t return to base on the ice planet of Hoth in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Unfortunately for Zev, he did not then survive the Empire’s attack on the Rebels.
Among his many other roles on stage and screen, he was Brad Majors in the original stage production of Rocky Horror Picture Show, played Sarah’s father in Labyrinth and worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He later worked as a producer, working on the revival of Rocky Horror in 1990 and other subsequent productions, as well as the revivals of classic musicals Footloose (2003) and Flashdance (2008). His most recent work, the revival of Oh What A Lovely War has just opened to critical acclaim in London.
Malcolm is survived by his wife Judy Lloyd, his three children and a grandson.