Rodney Litchfield: Early Doorways actor dies at 81
Actor Rodney Litchfield, recognized for roles in TV exhibits together with Early Doorways, Coronation Road 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 present with Craig Money, confirmed the information to the BBC, saying the performer had been ill for a number of years.
“He was a unbelievable actor,” and nothing like Tommy, Mealey stated.
“He was fairly a depressing previous bugger within the pub, however he was nothing like that in actual life. He was all the time winding individuals up and messing round. He was a very good previous man.”
Mealey and Money went by a prolonged audition course of and noticed some massive names for the a part of Tommy, however gave it to Litchfield “as a result of he was simply so nice at that character”, the author added.
Litchfield, from Wigan, then moved into Coronation Road as Wilf Morton, a former legal who faked his personal dying.
His different TV roles included Wild Invoice in Phoenix Nights plus credit in Sunshine, My Household, Keep Fortunate and Vacuuming Fully Nude in Paradise.
Early Doorways co-star Christine Bottomley paid tribute to “our pricey pal”.
And Michael Starke, who performed the son of Litchfield’s character in Coronation Road, described him as a “pretty man and high-quality actor”.
Litchfield usually performed cantankerous characters on display screen, however once said: “I am nothing like the person I play in movies and on TV.
“However individuals who see me round Wigan should suppose I am an actual depressing previous chap as a result of that is the facet of me they see on the tv.
“Lately, I’ve performed murderers, paedophiles, spouse beaters and different horrible characters. I will need to have that type of face.”