Beloved TV impressionist and comedian Mike Yarwood has sadly died aged 82 – after a career spanning decades.
The Royal Variety Charity announced on Friday evening that the star had died.
Yarwood became a household name in the 1960s and 1970s with his impressions of politicians and other celebrities.
He played famous faces such as Brian Clough, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Ted Heath, Harold Wilson and Alf Garnett on The Mike Yarwood Show.
But was Mike married? And did he have children?
Who is Mike Yarwood’s ex-wife Sandra Burville?
From 1969 to 1985 he was married to the dancer Sandra Burville.
She is best known for her roles in Stop the World: I Want to Get Off (1966), Man in a Suitcase (1967) and Thirty-Minute Theater (1965).
Sandra helped Mike navigate the world of show business in the early 1960s.
Mike witnessed the impact of his comedic genius. Their partnership was not just a marriage but a collaboration that made millions of people smile.
It was reported that there were many reasons for the breakdown of their marriage – including his declining career coupled with his alcohol addiction and depression.
Did Mike Yarwood and Sandra Burville have children?
Mike is survived by their daughters Charlotte and Clare.
His eldest daughter Charlotte was born on October 19, 1970 and his younger daughter named Clare was born on November 29, 1972.
Claire runs the Yarwood-White company and is a jewelry designer by profession.
She has also written a book about jewelry called Bridal Jewelry.
Where is Sandra Burville now?
Little is known about Sandra and her life at the moment – it seems that she has stayed out of the spotlight and is living a quiet life.
While Mike spent the later years of his life at the Royal Variety Charity’s Brinsworth House, a residential and nursing home for theater and entertainment professionals in Twickenham, south west London.
The Royal Variety Charity said it was deeply saddened to announce his death, adding: “He leaves an immeasurable void in the entertainment industry.”
It continued: “Mike Yarwood quickly gained notoriety for his extraordinary ability to mimic the voices and mannerisms of countless celebrities and public figures.”
“His talent for impersonation brought smiles to the faces of millions, and his unique ability to capture the essence of his subjects made him an icon in the comedy world.”
The charity added: “Throughout his career, Mike appeared on television screens across the country and became a household name in the 1960s and 1970s.”
“His variety shows, including The Mike Yarwood Show and Mike Yarwood In Persons, captivated audiences and showcased his uncanny talent for impersonation on prime-time television for two decades.”
“The Mike Yarwood Show (1977) holds the record for largest single audience on Christmas Day with 21.4 million viewers.
“Mike’s family has asked that their privacy be respected at this sad and difficult time.”