Michael Angelis, the narrator of 'Thomas the Tank Engine', has passed away at the age of 68.
Although best known for replacing Ringo Starr of the Beatles as the narrator the children's series, Angelis had roles in English cult comedy series 'Auf Wiedersehn, Pet', and the '80s drama series 'Boys from the Blackstuff', written by playwright Alan Bleasdale.
Angelis was previously married to Helen Worth, who played Gail Platt on 'Coronation Street', before their divorce in 2001.
Angelis began narrating 'Thomas the Tank Engine', and subsequent shows such as 'Thomas and Friends', in 1991, replacing Ringo Starr as the show's narrator. All told, Angelis narrated close to nearly 400 episodes of the series, voicing each and every character on screen.
Michael Angelis was one of the greatest TV actors I've ever seen. His work with Alan Bleasdale was tremendous. What a loss.
— MATT LUCAS (@RealMattLucas) May 30, 2020
RIP Michael Angelis, the heart of Boys from The Blackstuff. There's a moment in it that made my heart stop, his kids are starving, he finds £5. He goes out, buys chips, lager & whisky. Clip not online but here's the script, imagine an incredible performance full of self hatred: pic.twitter.com/MeJZ2X7ZGW
— Jack Thorne (@jackthorne) May 31, 2020