Rik Mayall dead: Comedian's life and career in pictures after shock death aged 56

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Comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died at his home in London aged 56.

The star shot to fame playing Rick in The Young Ones and his career included appearances in Blackadder, Bottom and The New Statesman.

Mayall started on stage in a duo, The Dangerous Brothers, with long-time collaborator Adrian Edmondson after they met at Manchester University

The pair, who appeared together in The Young Ones, reprised their original act in the anarchic comedy Bottom.

Born in Harlow, Essex, to drama teacher parents, Rik also appeared in shows including Filthy, Rich and Catflap.

Other notable characters included the conniving Conservative MP Alan B’Stard in The New Statesman and the feckless investigative journalist Kevin Turvey.

 

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