Dame Judi Dench once said Geoffrey Palmer was hands down the “naughtiest man” she had ever worked with.
When presenting her As Time Goes By co-star with an Oldie of the Year gong back in 2018, Judi couldn’t help but poke fun at the actor whilst handing him the award.
Geoffrey – who this week passed away peacefully at the age of 93 – scooped the award two years ago during the ceremony that celebrates “the best of the older generation”.
The quick-witted James Bond actress, 85, joked that she wished she was presenting the sitcom actor with the “most promising newcomer” award instead.
She said at the time: “I wish wish wish that this was the awards for ‘most promising newcomer’ or maybe even ‘the naughtiest man I ever had the pleasure to work with’, but it’s not. It’s the Oldie awards.
“I’m going to quote Bernard Shaw as he said about Ellen Terry ‘she never seemed old to me’. Well, nor you to me.”
The pair quickly became friends whilst working together on the romantic sitcom.
The series – which was about former lovers who married after meeting later in life – ran on the BBC between 1992 to 2005.
The duo revived their partnership in James Bond blockbuster Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997.
A celebrated actor in his own right, Geoffrey passed away peacefully at his home.
Geoffrey starred as Admiral Roebuck in the franchise, the fictional Admiral of the British Royal Navy.
Geoffrey also starred in The Army Game, The Saint and The Avengers. He also went on to appear in Doctor Who and the Kipper and the Corpse episode of Fawlty Towers.
He was made an OBE in 2004 for services to drama.
He reunited with Dench in acclaimed movie Mrs Brown, while he also appeared in films such as The Madness of King George and W.E., directed by Madonna.
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