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Memoral service for TV star

PUBLISHED: 10:09 13 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:32 03 March 2010

A MEMORIAL service for an East Anglian based actor who helped transform the way police officers are portrayed in television dramas is being held this weekend.

A MEMORIAL service for an East Anglian based actor who helped transform the way police officers are portrayed in television dramas is being held this weekend.

Stratford Johns died in his Suffolk home near Halesworth in January this year at the age of 77.

The South African born actor became known to millions of television viewers in the 1960s and 1970s for his portrayal of gritty police officer Charlie Barlow.

Rising through the ranks the actor brought the character to life in popular dramas Z Cars, Softly Softly and Barlow at Large.

More than 30 years ago Stratford Johns and his actress wife Nanette Ryder bought a home in the village of Heveningham, near Halesworth.

For the past 15 years the couple made it their permanent home preferring the country life in a small Suffolk village to life in London.

A spell of ill health meant that for two years Stratford Johns had to be cared for in a nursing home but he was able to return to Heveningham shortly before his death.

The memorial service that will look back on a full life, much of it spent in the public eye, takes place at Heveningham Church, at 11am on Saturday, March 16.

The actor was best known for his portrayal of Detective Chief Superintendent Barlow, and was BBC Personality of the Year in 1973.


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