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Beloved ‘The Office’ Star Ewen MacIntosh Passes Away at 50, Leaving Behind a Legacy of Laughter

In a somber turn of events, the entertainment world mourns the loss of Ewen MacIntosh, the acclaimed British actor best known for his iconic role as Keith Bishop in the beloved BBC comedy series, “The Office.” MacIntosh, who portrayed the deadpan and lovable accountant “Big Keith,” passed away peacefully at the age of 50 on February 19, 2024.

The news of MacIntosh’s death was confirmed by his talent agency, Just Right Management, which revealed that the actor had been battling ill health for the past two years. While the cause of death remains undisclosed, MacIntosh had been receiving support from Willow Green Care Home.

Ricky Gervais, co-creator of “The Office” and a close collaborator of MacIntosh, expressed his grief on social media, calling the actor a “very funny and very lovely” individual. The heartfelt tributes poured in from fans and colleagues alike, as they remembered MacIntosh’s unique comedic talents that brought joy to audiences around the world.

MacIntosh’s portrayal of Keith Bishop, a character known for his deadpan humor, monotone answerphone messages, and peculiar quirks such as a love for Scotch eggs, quickly made him an audience favorite. The character’s indifference and deadpan delivery provided numerous memorable moments, making Keith Bishop an unlikely hero in “The Office.”

Stephen Merchant, co-writer and co-director of the series, shared his memories of working with MacIntosh, praising him as a “lovely and uniquely funny man.” Merchant reminisced about the times they asked MacIntosh to improvise a voicemail message, only to be met with such hilarity that they ended up writing more dialogue for him.

Beyond “The Office,” MacIntosh’s comedic talent extended to other projects, including appearances in the popular sketch series “Little Britain” and collaborations with Ricky Gervais in the Netflix series “After Life.” His versatility as a performer earned him a place in the hearts of fans and colleagues alike.

The impact of Ewen MacIntosh’s contribution to the world of comedy was evident in the outpouring of love and tributes from the entertainment industry. UKTV channel Gold, which often airs reruns of “The Office,” expressed sadness at the news, stating, “We loved him as Keith in The Office and were lucky enough to work with him over the years on the channel.”

While MacIntosh’s family prepares for a private cremation for family and close friends, a celebratory memorial is planned later in the year to honor the memory of the comedic genius. As fans reflect on the laughter MacIntosh brought into their lives, his legacy as the unforgettable “Big Keith” in “The Office” will continue to live on, reminding us of the timeless power of humor.