Rodney Litchfield dead: British TV veteran and Coronation Street star dies aged 81

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The soap community has lost another veteran actor as Rodney Litchefield died over the weekend a BBC producer confirmed. He was 81-years-old and had reportedly been suffering from a lengthy illness.

We were blessed to meet and cast him as he was absolutely perfect

Phil Mealey

The Phoenix Nights star apparently died in his sleep on Saturday.

With over 30 years of acting credits under his belt, he made quiet the impression on the British public, appearing in numerous well known shows.

Some include, Heartbeat, A Touch of Frost, Shameless and much loved soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

He might be best known for portraying pensioner Tommy in the BBC sitcom Early Doors, that aired from 2003 to 2004.

Show writer Phil Mealey, shared the news with fans on Twitter and remembered the telly stalwart as “perfect”.

“Really sad news that Rodney Litchfield aka Old Tommy passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday aged 81, having been poorly for some time,” Phil revealed.

“We were blessed to meet and cast him as he was absolutely perfect.

“To you Rodders and To The Regiment it won’t be the same without you. RIP.”

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