It is with sadness that we report the passing of Jonathan Frid, who died peacefully last week at the age of 87. As vampire Barnabas Collins, he created a truly enduring character and cemented Dark Shadows' place as a pop culture phenomenon. Big Finish was lucky enough to work with Jonathan on the 2010 audio drama The Night Whispers, which featured his one and only return to the role that made him famous.
Stuart Manning, who wrote and produced the CD, remembers: "Working with Jonathan was an unforgettable experience. Even in his eighties he was still a force to be reckoned with, but with a twinkle too. And he still had tremendous fondness for old Barnabas. Recording the play was a daunting prospect for him, having been retired for a long period, but he was utterly committed to doing the character and our script justice. Simply, it was an honour to play a part in letting him become Barnabas one last time."
Our condolences go out to Jonathan's friends and family.
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