Waking The Dead star Wyllie Longmore has passed away peacefully at the age of 82. The news of his death was announced by his family on Thursday. The actor breathed his last breath with his loving wife beside him. So, what was the cause of the Jamaican actor’s death? Keep reading to find out the details!
Wyllie Longmore Started His TV Soap Career With Coronation Street
Longmore passed away on January 4, 2023, at his home in Manchester, England. As confirmed by his daughter, Jessica Longmore, the actor had been living with cancer for a long time. He was popular for playing Dr. McKinnon who treated Don Brennan following his car accident on the 1990s ITV soap Coronation Street. Apart from his memorable acting in the TV show, he was also a part of Love Actually, Blue Murder, Cold Feet, Merseybeat, Casualty, and many more.
On Wednesday, Jessica took to social media and wrote, “Those of you who know me will know that I am not prone to public announcements on social media, but I know the influence my Dad goes way beyond our family; so I wanted to share this news with you all.”
“We have planned and the celebratory event of his life and career, that will come later. Wyllie was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle and will be very sadly missed,” she concluded.
Wyllie Longmore Had A Glorious Career In The Theatre
The actor was born in Jamaica. However, he later moved to the United Kingdom in 1961. Apart from his TV and movie career, he also had a glorious stage career with several roles at London’s Young Vic, Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre, and Bolton’s Octagon theatre. Longmore also won an award in the Best Actor category at the Manchester Evening News awards.
As reported by Mirror, he also acted in William Shakespeare’s play titled Macbeth at the Royal Exchange Theatre alongside Frances Barber, John Hannah, David Threlfall, Andy Serkis, and Ian Hastings. The play was directed by Braham Murray.
He was also a part of radio and was heard in productions for:
- Afternoon Theatre
- The Monday Play
- The Friday Play
- The Afternoon Play
- A Book At Bedtime
- Heart Of England
- No One Writes To The Colonel
- Single Plus One
- Dead Souls
- The Golden Notebook
- Henry IV Part Two
Shaun Dooley Pays Tribute To His Co-Star On Twitter
Wyllie’s former co-star Shaun Dooley paid tribute to the star and tweeted, “So incredibly saddened to hear that Wyllie Longmore had passed away. A beautiful beautiful human being. A gentleman loved by so many of us who had the privilege to know & learn from him. All my love & good wishes to his family. I’m so sorry. Rest well, sir.”
So incredibly saddened to hear that Wyllie Longmore has passed away. A beautiful beautiful human being. A gentle man loved by so many of us who had the privilege to know & learn from him. All my love & good wishes to his family. I'm so sorry. Rest well sir. #wyllielongmore pic.twitter.com/JaqayDl0Le
— Shaun Dooley (@shaundooley) January 5, 2023
Rest In Peace Wyllie Longmore!
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