Portrayed Jack Sugden on the British soap Emmerdale from 1980 to 2008.
Prior to his acting career, he was an accounts clerk.
At the time of his death, he was the longest-serving cast member on Emmerdale with 28 years.
He married Helen Weir in 1984, but divorced in 2008; they have a son together.
He appeared on Emmerdale, just like Charley Webb.