Neil Fingleton, from Durham, was 7ft 7in tall, and was a basketball player in the US before moving into acting.
He played Mag The Mighty in the TV fantasy series, and also worked on X-Men and Dr Who, in which he played the Fisher King monster.
His title as Britain's tallest man was confirmed in 2007.
A woman from Consett has been reunited with her daughter nearly 50 years after she gave her up for adoption.
Moira Hyslop, who is originally from Scotland, was just 17 when she was forced to give up her baby Susan.
The pair were reunited by the charity Birthlinks - they have since found out that Susan grew up just 11 miles (18km) from where Moira lived.
Weather presenter, BBC Look North
Today we'll see some sunny spells mixed with occasional heavy showers of rain, sleet and snow, mainly across hills and a risk of hail and thunder.
It will feel cold in brisk winds, although easing later. Maximum temperatures should reach 7C (45F).
Later most places will become dry with clear spells and a frost forming widely. Isolated wintry showers are possible, mainly over higher ground.
Temperatures dipping to 0C (32F).
Irene Clennell was being held in a Scottish detention centre, but told the BBC she has been sent back to her country of origin without warning.
She had been living in Chester-le-Street with her husband, and has two sons and a granddaughter.
Periods spent abroad caring for her parents are thought to have invalidated her residential status.
The Home Office said it does not comment on individual cases.
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Tracey McNichol sent us this photo she took over the weekend of Blyth Beach.