Bobby Knutt was his stage name, his real name was Robert Andrew Wass. He was born on 25th November 1945 and died on 25th September 2017.
Born in Sheffield, he attended Abbeydale Grammar School. Whilst still at school in 1961 he started his own group called ‘Bob Andrews and the Questors’ in which he was the singer. He moved on to another group called ‘The Whirlwinds in 1963. He started a comedy duo called Pee and Knutt in 1964 but his partner did not want to go pro. In 1965 Bobby went solo as a comedian and was one of the youngest performing comedians in the country at the time.
These days he is perhaps best know for playing Eddie Dawson in ITV sitcom Benidorm or for playing Albert Dingle in Emmerdale. But he was first on TV on ‘The Comedians’.
Bobby had regular roles in many pantomimes at Sheffield’s Crucible and Lyceum theatres and published his autobiography in 2008 called ‘Eyup Kutty’ followed by its sequel in 2010 call ‘Eyup Again’.
Bobby worked on the cruises as a comedian but in 2012 he had shoulder operation that went wrong which put a stop to him playing his guitar which was part of his act. He reluctantly retired from live performance and concentrated on his acting.
Bobby died from a heart attack whilst on holiday in the South of France on 25th September 2017. He was 71 years old.