- 13 Apr 18
The Welsh comedic actor, best known for his role as Barney Lumsden in W1A, has died at the relatively young age of only 35-years-old.
Sad to hear of the sudden death of actor Alex Beckett. His most recent work with us was in Edward II in 2013. Our thoughts are with everyone at the @DonmarWarehouse, where he was performing in The Way of the World. Here is their statement: https://t.co/yMHl5T1bIi pic.twitter.com/sb2olxEqWN
— National Theatre (@NationalTheatre) April 12, 2018
Paying tribute, Alex's agent said he was "a wonderful man and a hugely talented actor".
He added: "Our thoughts are with his family and we kindly ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult time."
The writer and director of the hit show W1A, John Morton said: "All of us involved in W1A and in Twenty Twelve before that were laucky to know him, lucky to work with him, and his loss is desperately sad."
All at the Orange Tree are shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Alex Beckett. A superb actor of great range, charm, intelligence and wit, he shone in Caryl Churchill’s Blue Heart at the OT in 2016. An enormously warm, kind man: he will be much missed. pic.twitter.com/P8vULIc6uJ
— Orange Tree Theatre (@OrangeTreeThtr) April 12, 2018
While the controller of comedy commissioning at the BBC, Shane Allen said: "We're all incredibly crushed to hear of Alex's untimely death.
"He was a very prolific, versatile and much admired comedy star whose role as Barney Lumsden in both Twenty Twelve and W1A was a key ingredient of their success.
"We think of him fondly and our hearts go out to his family and friends at this painfully sad time."
Just hearing this awful news about Alex Beckett. He was such a warm-hearted and funny, funny guy. W1A felt like a big family and he was a face you couldn’t wait to see. My thoughts with his family xx
— rufus jones (@rufusjones1) April 12, 2018
Alex Beckett was a wonderful, clever, kind, brilliant person - so glad to have known him, so sad he is gone.
— Jessica Hynes (@JefficaHoons) April 12, 2018