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Sunday 21st July 2019

Emmerdale cast members pay tribute to Freddie Jones

Freddie played Sandy Jones in the ITV soap

Cast members of Emmerdale have paid tribute to Freddie Jones, who passed away July 9th 2019 at the age of 91.

Agent Lesley Duff confirmed: "It is with great sadness that I can confirm the death of Freddie Jones.

Freddie passed away on July 9th 2019 (Credit: ITV)

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"He passed away on the evening of July 9 after a short illness.

"Freddie was a much loved and admired actor, known for his triumphs in classical theatre, film and television.

"He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him and most especially his family."

Freddie's friends and co-stars have responded to the sad news with lovely messages.

Katherine Down Blyton, who plays Harriet Finch, wrote: "Will be raising a glass or two tonight to the wonderful Freddie Jones. So luck to have worked with this legend.

"A very special man. R.I.P Freddie. 'If there's another world, he lives in bliss; If there is none, he made the best of this.'"

One of the loveliest men I've ever shared a scene or a dressing room with. It was a great pleasure to work with an actor of his stature.

Nick Miles, who plays Jimmy King wrote: "One of the loveliest men I've ever shared a scene or a dressing room with. It was a great pleasure to work with an actor of his stature.

"He also had the most moving speech as he departed Emmerdale, all about love. Sorely missed."

Michelle Hardwick, who plays Vanessa Woodfield, wrote: "Feel very lucky to have worked with Freddie Hones. Rest In Peace, a true legend."

Amy Walsh, who plays Vanessa's on screen sister Tracy Metcalfe responded with a crying face emoji.

Samantha Giles, who plays Bernice Blackstock wrote: "What an amazing life #FreddieJones had- one to be celebrated- lucky t have worked with him- thoughts though with his family at this sad time x" [sic]

John Bowe, who played Lawrence White from 2014 till 2018 wrote: "RIP #FreddieJones Au revious, Freddie. What fun stories we exchanged. Bon Vovage. JB."

The Emmerdale official Twitter account tweeted a picture of Freddie and wrote: "Everyone at Emmerdale is deeply sad to hear about the death of one of the show's most brilliant actors and favourite human beings, Freddie Jones. #Emmerdale."

Emmerdale viewers said goodbye to Sandy in February, 2017, as he headed off for Australia, following the arrival of glamorous traveller Maisie.

She was over from Australia, where she is big pals with Betty, and came armed with comedy Oz gifts.

Sandy and Maisie instantly got on like a house on fire but she already had a ticket home booked.

Sandy left the Dales in 2017 (Credit: ITV)

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But then came a surprise - Sandy opened an envelope among Betty's presents and inside was a first class ticket to Down Under.

There followed some serious soul searching about whether he should follow his heart to new adventures, or stay with his beloved family.

Sandy decided to follow his heart and headed Down Under. His last appearance on screen saw Laurel organise a video call in the Woolpack, so all his friends and family can see how he was settling in.

And they discovered he was feeling right at home already!

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