Vale: Freddie Jones

Veteran UK actor, best known for Emmerdale and The Elephant Man has died.

Veteran UK actor Freddie Jones, best known for Emmerdale and The Elephant Man has died aged 91.

His agent Lesley Duff said: “It is with great sadness that I can confirm the death of Freddie Jones. 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.”

Jones played Sandy Thomas on the soap from 2005 to 2018 with his character Sandy jetting off to Australia.

Jones, the father of actor Toby Jones, started out performing in amateur theatre as a side project while he worked as a laboratory assistant. Later in life he decided to make a career change and began acting full time, getting his first credit on miniseries Androcles And The Lion in 1960.

He also had roles in Nicholas Nickleby, Heartbeat, All Creatures Great and Small, Casualty, The Elephant Man, Dune, Wild at Heart, Frankenstein Must be Destroyed, Far From The Madding Crowd, The Satanic Rites of Dracula and Krull.

Source: Metro,

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  1. In more than 40 years of film going, one of the most visceral experiences I ever had in the cinema was watching Freddy Jones’ performance as the exploitative ‘manager’ of John Merrick aka The Elephant Man. I saw that movie as a teenager in 1980 and it and all the performances are indelibly etched, especially that of Freddy Jones.

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