29 Nov 2013

Professionals star Lewis Collins dies

6:01 am on 29 November 2013

The Professionals star Lewis Collins has died aged 67.

The actor, who played Bodie in the crime drama alongside co-star Martin Shaw, died in Los Angeles on Wednesday after a five-year struggle with cancer, his agent said.

The Professionals was based around the adventures of a fictional crime fighting unit called CI5.

Its memorable theme tune and action-packed plots made it a huge hit on British television network ITV in the late 1970s and early 1980s, PA reports.

Collins's other most notable role came in 1982's Who Dares Wins, when he played a member of the SAS.

He was born on Merseyside and worked as a drummer in local bands and as a hairdresser before getting into acting.