British actor Mark Eden dies aged 92 after Alzheimer’s battle

Actor Mark Eden has died at the age of 92 after a battle with Alzheimer’s, his agent said today.

The English actor, known for his portrayal of Alan Bradley on the popular soap Coronation Street in the ’80s, passed away in the early hours of this morning.


His agent said in a statement:

“We are very sad to announce the death of actor Mark Eden. He died peacefully, in hospital, earlier today, 1st Jan 2021. Mark had been living with Alzheimer’s disease for some time, and was hospitalised in November. Mark, 92, had a long career spanning more than 50 years, including eight years in Coronation Street as character Alan Bradley.

He is survived by his wife Sue, his daughter Polly, his stepson Paul and grand-daughter Emma. We ask that their privacy be respected at this very difficult time.”


Eden played Marco Polo in the Doctor Who television story Marco Polo.

Marco Polo is the fourth serial of the first season of Doctor Who. It was first broadcast on BBC TV in seven weekly parts from 22 February to 4 April 1964.

The story is set in China in the year 1289, where the Doctor (William Hartnell), his granddaughter Susan Foreman (Carole Ann Ford), and her teachers Ian Chesterton (William Russell) and Barbara Wright (Jacqueline Hill) meet the Italian merchant-explorer Marco Polo (Mark Eden) and Mongolian Emperor Kublai Khan (Martin Miller).


Nearly fifty years later, Eden played BBC One Controller Donald Baverstock in the 2013 docu-drama, An Adventure in Space and Time.

He also notably reprised his role as Marco Polo for linking segments for the unofficial Loose Cannon reconstruction of Marco Polo.


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