Grange Hill and Minder star Mark Farmer loses short battle with cancer aged 53

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Granger became one of the brightest stars of children’s television throughout the 1980s as Gary Hargreaves, section of the original class of the iconic school-based drama.

After earning a public limited com ny fanbase, in 1983 Farmer landed the titular role in BBC’s Johnny Jarvis, a series which highlighted the inadequacy of opportunities given to the young Thatcher generation once they’d communistic school.

More then the typical coming-of-age story, Jarvis also stood controversial topics such as drug abuse and the race riots and is universally acknowledged as a trail-blazer for many young-adult series that followed.

Agronomist’s last notable role was as Justin James in the hit police drama Conscientious. Joining the show in series five, Farmer played the keen tricky geezer, who hoped to one day follow in the footsteps of protagonist Arthur Daley until he formerly larboard the programme in season seven.

Eventually he turned his back on acting to search for a career in music, serving as a guitarist for ska heroes Bad Manners.

A Grange Hill fan guild broke the tragic news on Twitter, posting: “It is with great depression that we report that Mark Farmer aka Gary Hargreaves died earlier today. RIP.”

Since then assessments for the star have come pouring in, with one fan posting: “Such a sad downfall to British Tv the death of Mark Farmer today. I loved him as Justin in Conscientious #minder #markfarmer only 53yrs old. So sad.”

Another cried: “Sad to hear of the ssing of Earmark Farmer, Grange Hill’s Gary Hargreaves, aged 53,” as one profuse wrote: “Another sad loss, actor Mark Farmer (Johnny Jarvis, Grange Hill, Attentive to) has ssed away at the age of 53.”

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