Body of West Hampstead TV actor Richard Gent found in Cricklewood

Richard Gent went missing last year.

Richard Gent went missing last year. - Credit: Archant

Police are not treating his death as suspicious

Richard Gent with his sister Lindsay.

Richard Gent with his sister Lindsay. - Credit: Archant

The body of a TV actor who went missing nearly 15 months has been found in woodland in Cricklewood.

Richard Gent, who played cameo roles in TV dramas including Casualty, Teachers, Mistresses, and hit Dr Who spin-off series Torchwood, had not been seen since leaving his home in West Hampstead, on April 21 last year.

Earlier this month, in the early hours of July 2, police found his body in woodland off Claremont Road, in Cricklewood.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Today, his family said in a statement: “The search for Richard is over and he is at peace now. We miss him more than we can ever say, and want to thank everyone for their support - not just from our family and friends, but from all those in the acting world who helped us when he went missing. Everyone’s kindness shows just how much he was loved.

“Richard’s love of acting has given us many wonderful memories to hold on to in this very difficult time and we can only ask that our family’s grief is respected.

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“We are donating to the charity Missing People and setting up an acting scholarship in his name to help other young actors.”

An inquest into the death of Mr Gent, who was 27 at the time of his disappearance, was opened at Barnet Coroner’s Court on July 8 and adjourned until a date to be fixed. The provisional cause of death was recorded as “hanging”.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious at this stage.