TV actor Warren Clarke, star of Doncaster filmed Red Riding, dies

Warren Clarke is pictured as he takes part in filming for a new drama for channel four called Red Riding, currently being filmed on Chestnut Avenue in Stainforth. Picture: Marie Caley D2633MC
Warren Clarke is pictured as he takes part in filming for a new drama for channel four called Red Riding, currently being filmed on Chestnut Avenue in Stainforth. Picture: Marie Caley D2633MC

Television favourite Warren Clarke, who once filmed a much-acclaimed crime drama in Doncaster, has died.

The British actor, best known for his role in Dalziel And Pascoe, has died at the age of 67 after a short illness, his agent has confirmed.

Clarke, who was born in Oldham, starred in the controversial 1971 film A Clockwork Orange, by Stanley Kubrick but in Doncaster he is remembered for the 2009 crime series Red Riding which was shot in the town.

Several scenes for the drama, also starring Mark Addy, Sean Bean and David Morrissey, were filmed in Stainforth.

The three-part television adaptation of English author David Peace’s Red Riding Quartet was filmed in Chestnut Avenue in 2008 and was set against a backdrop of serial murders during 1974–1983, including the Yorkshire Ripper killings. The books and films follow several recurring fictional characters through a bleak and violent world of multi-layered police corruption and organised crime.

Although real-life crimes are referenced, the plot is fiction rather than a documentary or factual account of events. Both the books and films mix elements of fact, fiction and conspiracy theory – a confection dubbed “Yorkshire Noir” by some critics.

During the filming, the star signed autographs and chatted with fans as well as posing for photos with villagers.