Rodney Litchfield: Early Doors actor dies at 81

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Actor Rodney Litchfield, identified for roles in TV displays together with Early Doorways, Coronation Boulevard and Phoenix Nights, has died on the age of 81.

Litchfield performed the depressing Tommy within the pub-based BBC comedy Early Doorways, which aired in 2003 and 2004.

Phil Mealey, who wrote the display with Craig Money, showed the scoop to the BBC, pronouncing the performer were unwell for a number of years.

“He used to be an improbable actor,” and not anything like Tommy, Mealey mentioned.

“He used to be somewhat a depressing outdated bugger within the pub, however he used to be not anything like that during actual existence. He used to be at all times winding other people up and messing round. He used to be a just right outdated man.”

Mealey and Money went thru a long audition procedure and noticed some large names for the a part of Tommy, however gave it to Litchfield “as a result of he used to be simply so nice at that personality”, the creator added.

Litchfield, from Wigan, then moved into Coronation Boulevard as Wilf Morton, a former prison who faked his personal loss of life.

His different TV roles integrated Wild Invoice in Phoenix Nights plus credit in Sunshine, My Circle of relatives, Keep Fortunate and Vacuuming Utterly Nude in Paradise.

Early Doorways co-star Christine Bottomley paid tribute to “our expensive pal”.

Phoenix Nights actors Paddy McGuinness and Justin Moorhouse additionally despatched tributes on Twitter.

And Michael Starke, who performed the son of Litchfield’s personality in Coronation Boulevard, described him as a “pretty guy and high quality actor”.

Litchfield steadily performed cantankerous characters on display screen, however as soon as mentioned: “I am not anything like the person I play in movies and on TV.

“However individuals who see me round Wigan should assume I am an actual depressing outdated chap as a result of that is the facet of me they see at the tv.

“In recent times, I have performed murderers, paedophiles, spouse beaters and different horrible characters. I should have that more or less face.”

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