Rodney Litchfield dead: Coronation Street and Early Doors actor dies at 81

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Coronation Street and Emmerdale actor Rodney Litchfield have died at the age of 81.Rodney is said to have died in his sleep on Saturday after being “ill for a while”.

In addition to his work in popular ITV soaps, Rodney was also known to play miserable retiree Tommy in Early Doors.

Phil Mealey, who wrote Early Doors, tweeted: “Really sad news that Rodney Lichfield aka Old Tommy passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday at the age of 81, having been in pain for some time.

“We had the chance to meet him and choose him because he was absolutely perfect.

“For you Rodders and for the regiment it won’t be the same without you. RIPx “



Rodney Litchfield of Early Doors has died aged 81

Rodney played Wilfred Morton on Coronation Street, who was Jodie’s grandfather, played by Samantha Seager.

He played the role on 23 episodes between January and October 2007.

Although he also had a one-time appearance on Corrie in 1988, where he played a character named Chaz Ferguson.

He also had a memorable role as a character called Wild Bill in an episode of Phoenix Nights – titled Wiled West Nights.

Phoenix Nights co-star Paddy McGuinness was among the first to pay tribute to Rodney on social media following the sad news of his death.

Paddy shared a photo of Rodney on a set wearing a cowboy costume and standing next to a horse.

He captioned the comeback image: “RIP Rodney Lichfield aka Wild Bill in Phoenix Nights. “



Rodney had a 30-year career

With a career spanning over 30 years and roles in such a wide variety of TV productions, many fans have also taken to social media to express their sadness over his death.

One fan praised his work, tweeting, “When people know you for Phoenix Nights and Early Doors, you do pretty well” alongside a red heart emoji.

While another commented, “He was indeed perfect. I shared Early Doors with our two kids – we even brought our son to the live show – we all still say “I’ll be alone”. I’ll drink with him tonight. “



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