Popular British dramatist and author SIR JOHN MORTIMER has died, aged 85, following a long illness.
Mortimer, who started his career as a barrister, passed away at his home in Turville Heath, near Oxford, England on Friday (16Jan09) morning.
He was a prolific writer and best known for creating popular 1970s British TV show Rumpole of the Bailey, about an ageing London barrister who defends any and all clients.
He was knighted in 1998. His daughter is the actress Emily Mortimer.