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Tributes are being paid to actor Rodney Litchfield, who starred in shows including Early Doors, Phoenix Nights and Coronation Street.

He died on Saturday, aged 81, after being ill for some time.

Litchfield is best known for playing Tommy in the comedy Early Doors, which aired in 2003 and 2004 and followed a pub landlord and his family.

The 'Morton Family' are introduced to Coronation Street during a photocall at Granada Studios in Manchester (left-right) Grandad Morton (Rodney Litchfield), Jodie Morton (Samantha Seager), Jerry Morton (Michael Starkey), Darryl Morton (Jonathan Dixon), (Front) Kayleigh Morton (Jessica Barden) and Mel Morton (Emma Edmondson).
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Picture by: Neil Jones/PA Archive/PA Images
Date taken: 15-Feb-2007
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The Morton Family moved on to the cobbles in 2007

Phil Mealey, who wrote and starred in the show with The Royle Family’s Craig Cash, paid tribute on Twitter, saying: “Really sad news that Rodney Lichfield aka Old Tommy passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday aged 81, having been poorly for some time.

“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. RIPx.”

Litchfield starred in Coronation Street in 2007, playing grandfather Wilf Morton, and also played Wild Bill in Phoenix Nights alongside Peter Kay and Paddy McGuinness, who was among those to pay tribute.

The actor also had smaller roles in shows including Emmerdale, Shameless, The Bill, Cracker and Casualty.

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Fans have also paid tribute on social media, with one saying: “Awwwwwww, loved him in early doors, the finest comedy of the last 20 years. ‘No, I’ll stay on me own’. Rest in peace Rodney x.”

Comedian Steve Royle, who appeared in Phoenix Nights and is also a finalist in the current series of Britain’s Got Talent, said: “Very sad! Funny man & brilliant comic actor! RIP x.”



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