Sci-fi fans are mourning Blake’s 7 star Gareth Thomas, who died onWednesday aged 71.

The proud Welshman reportedly died of heart failure.

Fans and colleagues were quick to pay tribute to Mr Thomas on Twitter and elsewhere, including friend Stephen Greif.

His death was reported on a Blake’s 7 fan site. It read: “It is with deep sadness that we have to announce that Gareth Thomas passed away this morning, 13th April 2016, from heart failure. 

“Our thoughts are with his wife Linda, and his family and friends.”

Mr Selfridge star Samuel West tweeted his sorrow at Mr Thomas’s death.


Comedia Robin Ince said ‘if excitement I displayed during the titles of Blake’s 7 could be bottled, we’d have a perpetual motion machine by now’.

Gareth Thomas was born in Wales and trained at RADA. He made his TV debut in a 1965 production of Romeo and Juliet. Mr Thomas had a varied career on stage and screen. His other TV credits included regular roles in London’s Burning, Heartbeat and Distant Shores.

Mr Thomas played commander Roj Blake in Blake’s 7, the story of a group of rebels who battled the evil Terran Federation from their Liberator spaceship. It ran for four series between 1978-1981.