Benidorm actor Kenny Ireland dies from cancer aged 68

actor kenny ireland Benidorm star Kenny Ireland had been written out of the show as he underwent cancer treatment

Actor Kenny Ireland - best known for his role in TV comedy Benidorm - has died, aged 68, following a battle with cancer.

The veteran Scottish actor and director had played swinger Donald Stewart in the ITV show since 2007.

He was also part of Victoria Wood's fictional rep company in the BBC series Victoria Wood As Seen On TV.

Kenny Ireland was director at Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre for more than a decade until 2003.

More recently, he was director at His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen and was a leading voice in the campaign to establish a National Theatre for Scotland.

The actor was written out of the latest series of Benidorm in June so he could concentrate on his cancer treatment.

He and co-star Janine Duvitski played a sex-mad couple who holiday at the Solano hotel in the Spanish resort every year.

'Dark days'

Mr Ireland's other TV credits include Taggart, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, the UK version of House of Cards, Drop The Dead Donkey and Heartbeat.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond led online tributes to the star.

He tweeted: "Sad to hear Kenny Ireland - a great actor & former director @lyceumtheatre - has passed away. Deepest condolences to his family and friends."

Benidorm co-star Danny Walters, who plays Tiger Dyke in the show, said: "Very sad news about Kenny Ireland (Donald Stewart). Thanks for teaching me how to play backgammon. RIP Kenny."

TV chef Rustie Lee worked alongside Kenny Ireland when she had a cameo role in Benidorm.

She said: "RIP Kenny Ireland (Donald from @BenidormTweets). My sincere condolences go out to his wife and family xx"

Former Brookside actor Louis Emerick tweeted: "Ah man! Only just heard the sad newz bout #KennyIreland(deceased). Only met him briefly last yr during my time on #Benidorm! Im a fan he a Gent!"

Graham McLaren, associate director at the National Theatre of Scotland, posted: "The man my daughter called Santa has passed away. Dark days indeed. Kenny Ireland RIP."

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    Volunteer crews went to the aid of nearly 1,200 people around the coast in 2014, compared to just over 1,000 the previous year.

    Broughty Ferry was Scotland's busiest station with more than 70 call outs.

     
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    @BBCTravelScot Snow shower BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    A9 around Blair Atholl - heavy snow shower affecting visibility.

     
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    Text 80295 Your favourite nicknames

    Louise White is asking Morning Call listeners for the best nicknames they have earned/heard/used and the stories behind them.

    Brian, Motherwell: We used to call a mate The Blacksmith because he used to make a Bolt for the door when it was his round.

    Bob, Gartocharn: A teacher in the 70s at Aberdeen Grammar School named William Williams was known to us as Bill Squared.

    Nina Shanks: My husband's surname is Shanks and at school he was known as Flush.

    Grant: Jim Hoy from Blairgowrie known as Shipper, hence Shipperhoy.

    Jim: I am a retired firefighter, nicknames were rife in the service. MINTY - we started day shift at 08:00 and this guy was never on time. He arrived for work "after eight!"

     
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    @BBCKheredine Murray watch Kheredine Idessane BBC Scotland

    A fan's eye view of @andy_murray as he rewards those on Margaret Court who watched his practice with some autographs.

    Andy Murray at the Australian Open
     
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    09:06: Job creation drive

    The Scottish Labour Party will today publish a bill at Westminster calling for the immediate transfer to Holyrood of job creation powers.

    Shadow Business Minister Ian Murray's bill would devolve responsibility for the work programme ahead of the general election.

    Labour says it may force a Commons vote on the issue next month.

    The UK government says Labour's proposal is flawed and insists the powers will be devolved as part of further devolution legislation by whoever is in power after May's general election.

     
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    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk Your pictures - Get involved

    Gill Williamson took this picture at the Up Helly Aa festival while on a break with friends in Shetland.

    up helly aa

    Email us your pictures from around the country for our photo gallery and we'll use the best.

     
  79.  
    08:44: Oil and gas taskforce

    A taskforce which aims to support jobs across the energy sector will meet for the first time in Aberdeen.

    oil rig

    The new Energy Jobs Taskforce, which was established by Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, will focus initially on the oil and gas industry.

    It includes figures from the oil and gas sector, enterprise bodies, local and central government and unions.

    The taskforce will be chaired by Scottish Enterprise chief executive Lena Wilson.

    It will report to the Scottish Energy Advisory Board.

     
  80.  
    @BBCKheredine Tennis defeat Kheredine Idessane BBC Scotland

    Disappointment for Scotland's @GordonReid91 - knocked out of the Australian Open singles 6-2, 6-4 by his doubles partner here, Gustavo Fernandez, Arg.

     
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    08:37: 'Cut whisky tax'

    The Scotch Whisky Association has backed research which shows our national drink is worth £5bn to the UK economy and urged Chancellor George Osborne to do more to help producers.

    Chief executive David Frost told BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme: "I think the government took a great decision last year in abolishing the duty escalator and freezing duty on spirits and Scotch whisky.

    "We would like them to follow the logic of that decision this year, to stop taxing a sector that is so successful. Follow the logic and cut duty by 2% this year at the Budget."

     
  82.  
    @bbcweather Cold snap BBC Weather Latest

    Today gets colder, and for a few...snowier! Weather warnings: http://bbc.in/1yMuS9C Here's you day in pictures

    Weather map
     
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    Text 80295 Vouchers for pregnant smokers - Your views

    John Ross, Edinburgh: Research in other areas has shown that such financial incentives will only lead to an increase in smoking among pregnant women so that more women can claim reward for apparently stopping smoking later.

    Stephen Mather: Shame that some are more interested in health of their purse than health of their child.

     
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    08:17: Vouchers for pregnant smokers

    One of the lead authors, Professor David Tappin, hopes the scheme will be rolled out across the UK.

    "It (the voucher) was £400 split into four points during pregnancy," he told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland. "The first point was if they engaged with the pregnancy cessation services, and set a quit date, they got £50.

    Smoking

    "Then, if they were quit four weeks later they got a second £50 voucher and if they had still quit after 12 weeks then they got a £100 voucher.

    "And, if they had quit towards the end of their pregnancy, they got a final £200 voucher.

    "When women are young, and the time they're having babies, if you stop them smoking at that point, their probably going to get the same life expectancy and health outcomes as a non-smoker.

    "This study has only been done in Glasgow and needs to be done in other places around the UK with different rates of smoking.

    "If that future study shows that it is cost effective, then I think National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) would recommend it."

     
  85.  
    @trafficscotland Here we snow again

    Traffic Scotland tweets: #Snow now showing on the #A82 at Altnafeadh (East of Glencoe)-Take extra care, visibility will be reduced. #StaySafe

    snow on A82
     
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    @bbcscotlandnews Vouchers for pregnant smokers - Your views

    Iain Dick tweets: I guess having a healthy full term baby isn't enough incentive!

    Louise Agnew: You would think their health and the health of their unborn baby would be incentive enough.

    Culag Park: Bonkers. Surely the incentive is to have a healthy baby? Why not give £400 vouchers to those who don't smoke as a thank you?

     
  87.  
    @BBCTravelScot Snow on the way... BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Snow in the air - across the #M80- can't see it lying but be aware in case it affects visibility.

     
  88.  
    07:55: Monte Carlo Rally starts in Paisley

    Thousands of people are expected to gather in Paisley later for the UK start of the Monte Carlo Classic Rally.

    Monte Carlo Classic Rally

    About 70 classic cars - including Porsches, Mini Coopers and Linwood-built Hillman Imps - will set off from Paisley Abbey at about 18:45.

    They will join competing cars from the other start cities of Barcelona, Turin, Copenhagen and Reims on the 1,670-mile (2,688km) route to the French Riviera.

    The rally is expected to generate more than £1m for the Renfrewshire economy.

     
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    Text 80295 Vouchers for pregnant smokers - Your views

    M: If a woman can't stop smoking for the health of her child then I don't think a financial incentive will do it. If that's what'll do it, then I think it's a sad state of affairs for their unborn child!

     
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    07:42: What the papers say

    The Scottish Daily Mail claims an exclusive with a report that defence officials are secretly drawing up plans to move Britain's nuclear-armed submarines from Scotland to Wales.

    Scotland's newspapers

    The Scotsman leads with figures showing that almost half of all pupils taking Highers will sit the old exam rather than the new qualification.

    The Times focuses on the review of the spiralling costs of the new V&A project in Dundee.

    Read our full review of today's papers here.

     
  91.  
    @BBCJamesCook Intelligence gathering... James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    What do Scotland's councils and GCHQ have in common? bbc.in/1z1wxIO by @marceellison #BigBrother

    Surveillance
     
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    07:34: Councils' spying missions Marc Ellison Data journalist, BBC Scotland

    Scottish councils used covert surveillance on hundreds of occasions over the last three years, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.

    camera

    Local authorities authorised 460 clandestine investigations into issues ranging from drugs and prostitution to dog fouling and underage sunbed use.

    The figures show an overall decline in the use of the powers.

    But campaigners said they were being used to investigate "less serious" crimes than originally planned.

     
  93.  
    07:27: 'Shark attack' on killer whale

    A shark has been suspected of biting a chunk out of the tail fluke of a killer whale well-known to whale and dolphin watchers in Scotland.

    Tail of orca called John Coe
    Killer whale John Coe

    Nicknamed John Coe, the male orca can be identified by a notch on its dorsal fin.

    The injury to its tail was spotted during a survey by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT).

    The trust said consultations with experts suggested that it was "almost certainly" caused by a shark.

    John Coe is one of a small community of orcas regularly seen off Scotland's west coast.

     
  94.  
    Text 80295 Fracking - Your views

    Peter: You do know there was a vote at Westminster this week regarding fracking? And guess what? Scottish Labour MPs abstained and Jim Murphy couldn't be bothered to even turn up.

    Lynn, Forfar: I hope you will point out that Jim Murphy didn't even attend Westminster for the fracking vote while he was telling us up here that is against fracking.

     
  95.  
    07:20: Whisky jobs galore

    Scotch whisky contributes almost £5bn to the UK economy and supports more than 40,000 jobs, according to research commissioned by the industry.

    scotch whisky

    The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) said the sector now accounted for 25% of total UK food and drink exports.

    Its report also suggests that the industry's direct economic impact had grown by 21% since 2008, to £3.3bn.

    It found it added more value to the economy than shipbuilding, iron and steel, textiles or computing.

     
  96.  
    07:15: Call for fracking ban

    Labour has urged Scottish ministers to take further steps to thwart the prospect of fracking for shale gas in Scotland.

    fracking

    Energy Minister Fergus Ewing will make a statement on the issue at Holyrood today.

    Labour says he should use the opportunity to place a series of obstacles in the path of unconventional gas extraction.

    However, the Tories are warning that banning fracking could jeopardise Scottish jobs.

     
  97.  
    @bbcscotlandnews Vouchers for pregnant smokers - Your views

    Fiona Shields tweets: Shopping vouchers for pregnant women who give up smoking?? What about those of us who didn't smoke? Where's my £400?

     
  98.  
    @BBCGaryR Coming up... Gary Robertson BBC Radio Scotland

    Scottish space industry doubles its turnover in three years & employs over 5000 people. @macdonke looks at its prospects #bbcgms 0720

    Good Morning Scotland

    Listen live to the programme here.

     
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    Text 80295 Vouchers for pregnant smokers - Your views

    John, Edinburgh: Unfortunately, research in other areas has shown that such financial incentives will only lead to an increase in smoking among pregnant women so that more women can claim reward for apparently stopping smoking later.

    Anon: Paying pregnant women to stop smoking: outrageous, ridiculous and an embarrassing waste of taxpayers' money, seeing as there was still an 80% failure rate. Surely if smoking in public places is banned due to the harm it causes people, then smoking whilst pregnant should be banned due to the harm it causes the poor unborn children?!

     
  100.  
    07:06: Vouchers 'help pregnant smokers quit'

    Offering shopping vouchers worth £400 to pregnant smokers makes them more likely to quit the habit, say researchers.

    pregnant smoker

    They have published the results of a trial involving 600 women from Glasgow in the British Medical Journal.

    More than 20% of the women offered vouchers stopped smoking, compared with 9% given normal NHS support alone.

    The Royal College of Midwives said incentivising healthy behaviours using money was "not ideal" - and expensive.

     

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