Coronation Street and Early Doors star Rodney Litchfield dies age 81 after ...

Actor Rodney Litchfield, known for his roles in Coronation Street, Emmerdale, and Early Doors, has died at the age of 81.

Rodney, from Wigan, is reported to have died in his sleep on Saturday after being 'ill for some time', according to The Sun.

His career spanned more than 30 years where he featured in TV shows including Brookside, A Touch of Frost, Cracker, Heartbeat, Phoenix Nights and Shameless. 

Sad news: Actor Rodney Litchfield, known for his roles in Coronation Street, Emmerdale, and Phoenix Nights, has died at the age of 81

Sad news: Actor Rodney Litchfield, known for his roles in Coronation Street, Emmerdale, and Phoenix Nights, has died at the age of 81

However, Rodney was best known for playing the miserable pensioner Tommy in the BBC sitcom Early Doors.

The much-loved show focused on the everyday lives of the landlord and regulars of The Grapes public house in Stockport where Rodney played a grumpy but endearing patron.  

Reacting to the sad news Phil Mealey, the show's writer, tweeted: 'Really sad news that Rodney Lichfield aka Old Tommy passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday aged 81, having been poorly for some time.

TV icon: Rodney, from Wigan, is said to have died in his sleep on Saturday after being 'ill for some time'

TV icon: Rodney, from Wigan, is said to have died in his sleep on Saturday after being 'ill for some time'

Soap star: Rodney also played the character of Wilfred Morton (left) on Coronation Street, the grandad of Jodie, played by Samantha Seager

Soap star: Rodney also played the character of Wilfred Morton (left) on Coronation Street, the grandad of Jodie, played by Samantha Seager

'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'

Rodney also played the character of Wilfred Morton on Coronation Street, the grandfather of Jodie, played by Samantha Seager. 

He played the role over 23 episodes

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