Vaughan dies at 93

11 months ago

The character actor Peter Vaughan, known for his role as Grouty in the TV sitcom Porridge and more recently as a star in Game of Thrones, has died aged 93.
Vaughan’s agent, Sally Long-Innes, said he died on Tuesday morning. “He died peacefully with his family around him,” she said.
Vaughan was a familiar face on British TV with roles in the comedy Citizen Smith and the drama Our Friends in North. But he is best known playing alongside Ronnie Barker in the prison sitcom Porridge, playing Harry Grout the head of HMP Slade protection racket.
He only appeared in three episodes of 1970s comedy but is still remembered for a menacing performance as the prison kingpin running operations from his luxuriously appointed cell complete with a budgerigar.
“I still get people saying: ‘Let you out, have they, Grouty?,’” Vaughan told an interviewer this year.
More recently he won over a new generation of global admirers in the hit HBO fantasy show Game of Thrones, playing the elderly blind character Maester Aemon.
“People talk about Grouty but, good heavens, the fan mail I get from all over the world because of Game of Thrones is enormous,” he told the Sunday Post. “It’s just grown and grown and once you’re hooked, that’s it.”