Still Game star Stevie Allen has died: Co-star Jane McCarry pays tribute to ‘fantastic’ Scottish actor who ditched TV to become a paramedic
- The star appeared in three episodes of the Scottish sitcom from 2002 to 2004
- After making his final appearance in Still Game, Stevie quit acting to become a paramedic
Scottish actor Stevie Allen has died.
The star, who famously starred on the beloved sitcom Still Game, passed away on Thursday, according to The Sun.
Stevie is best known for playing Manky Frankie on the series, appearing in three episodes from 2002 to 2004.
Still Game also starred names including Ford Kiernan, Paul Riley and Jane McCarry.
Jane was among the first to pay tribute, after they first met during her first year at Glasgow’s King’s Park Secondary where he worked as a science technician.
RIP: Still Game star Stevie Allen has died. Co-star Jane McCarry was among the first to pay tribute to the Scottish actor
The actress, who played gossip Isa Drennan on the show, said: ‘Then I used to see him at Glasgow Arts Centre. He was a fantastic guy, so genuine and full of fun.’
She said: ‘Then I used to see him at Glasgow Arts Centre. He was a fantastic guy, so genuine and full of fun.’
Tom Urie. who appeared in the comedy show in 2003, added: ‘I knew Stevie at the very start of my career at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews. He was a lovely guy and a great actor.’
Stevie starred in Still Game’s first series, when series regulars Jack and Victor break down his door after finding a dead neighbour, and are greeted with a mass of clutter scattered across the floor.
He also appeared in a string of other shows including Taggart and Macbeth.
Still Game ran until 2019, with the ninth and final series being one of the first programmes shown on BBC Scotland when it first launched.
The show was nominated for Best Entertainment Programme at the Baftas Scotland, with McCarry winning best actress in 2007.
It was also nominated for Best Comedy Programme at the National Television Awards and won best TV show at the Scottish Comedy Awards in its final year.
Death: The star, who famously starred on the beloved sitcom from 2002 to 2004, passed away on Thursday, according to The Sun
After starring in Still Game, Stevie went onto work as a paramedic, for the Scottish Ambulance Service.
His colleagues took to Facebook to pay tribute, with one writing: ‘Stevie Allen unfortunately died yesterday.
‘He was a Paramedic with us and will be a huge loss. What a legend of a guy.’
Another said: ‘He used to come into the pub I worked in a few years ago in Jedburgh. Lovely bloke.’