The husband of actress Ashley Jensen was found dead at their home last month, according to reports.
Terence Beesley, 60, was found unconscious at home before being pronounced dead a short time after ambulance services arrived.
The ambulance arrived within 10 minutes of a 999 call being made from the property in the village of Camerton, Somerset.
But the actor was pronounced dead not long later, though the cause of his death is currently not known.
An inquest into his death has been ordered but this is not expected to finish until next year, meaning the official cause of death will remain unknown until then.
Mr Beesley had an eight-year-old son with Ms Jensen, and the pair had been married since 2007.
Among Mr Beesley’s most recent acting credits are the incredibly successful drama series Victoria, while Ms Jensen is best known for her work on Extras and Ugly Betty.
A spokesman for Ms Jensen told The Sun that the actress is devastated.
Ashley is devastated and respectfully asks for privacy at this extremely sad and difficult time.
A source told them:
Nobody saw this coming. Terence and Ashley’s friends and family are all devastated. This is a heartbreaking time for them.
Among Mr Beesley’s other acting credits include EastEnders, The Bill, Where the Heart Is, Casualty and Midsomer Murders.
The couple met back in 1999 while they were both working on a production of King Lear in London, and married eight years later.
A spokesman for Mr Beesley said:
It is with great sadness that I can confirm that Terence passed away at the end of November.
Terence Beesley is survived by his wife and his son, and our thoughts are with his friends and family during this incredibly difficult time.