.

Barry Norman Dies

Picture: Getty images

The veteran film critic has died aged 83, his family announced today.

The journalist and broadcaster, who had a career spanning 50 years, died in his sleep on Friday night.

His heartbroken daughters Samantha and Emma paid tribute to their “remarkable” dad in an emotional statement.

They said: “He had a great life, a wonderful marriage and an enviable career.

“He leaves behind a family who adore him and a great roster of friends who love him too. We will miss him more than we can say.”

Barry presented the BBC’s Film programme for 26 years between 1972 and 1998 – making him its longest-running host.

The journalist and broadcaster, who was known for his catchphrase “and why not?”, also had stints at the Daily Mail, Sky and Channel 4.

He anchored Channel 4’s coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea and wrote a number of BBC documentaries.

Barry was also a regular on Countdown’s Dictionary Corner.

More from Showbiz News