Coronation Street and Emmerdale actor Rodney Litchfield dies aged 81

Rodney Litchfield has died aged 81, after forging a hugely successful career on soaps such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

According to The Sun, the veteran actor died in his sleep on Saturday.

The publication claims the actor had been "ill for some time" prior to his death.

Litchfield has appeared in some of the UK's most beloved shows, with roles on Heartbeat, Corrie, A Touch of Frost and Shameless.

Born in Wigan, the Brit actor got his big break in the 80s, landing a gig on the drama series Travelling Man.

Many will remember him for his role on Early Doors, playing a grouchy OAP named Tommy, who famously sat in the bar and avoided conversations.

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