Sheffield comedian takes his final bow

BEYER Ted Beyer
BEYER Ted Beyer
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Sheffield actor and comedian Ted Beyer has died at the age of 73.

Ted, whose real name was Edward Yarnell, will be remembered best in Sheffield for his regular appearances at the city’s Dial House Club.

“He was a comedian, so he was always joking with everybody,” said his wife Barbara, also 73.

The comic, who died on April 18 following a nine-day battle with pneumonia, got his first acting break playing Harry in Ken Loach play The Price of Coal and also appeared in four different roles on Coronation Street.

Sheffield comedian Bobby Knutt, a close friend, said: “Ted and I were young comedians on the circuit together – he was a lovely man, very funny and he had a terrific singing voice.”

Ted retired from entertaining in 1992, and became a hospital porter at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

In 1999, rumours that he had died circulated after people got him mixed up with another local act.

The misunderstanding made national headlines.

His son Paul told The Star: “He became well known as the man everyone thought was dead and now it’s true, I do feel the irony.”

The funeral will take place on Friday, May 3, at Grenoside Crematorium at 1.45pm.