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Freddie Jones Dies: English TV, Film & Theater Actor Was 91

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Freddie Jones Dies: English TV, Film & Theater Actor Was 91
Freddie Jones, the veteran English stage and screen character actor known for his long stint on the ITV soap Emmerdale, died Tuesday in the UK after a brief illness, according to his agent Lesley Duff. He was 91.

“Freddie was a much loved and admired actor, known for his triumphs in classical theatre, film and television,” Duff said in a statement. “He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him and most especially his family.”

The father of actors Toby and Casper Jones and writer-director Rupert Jones, he left Emmerdale last year after playing Sandy Thomas since 2005 — with a nearly yearlong hiatus in 2008-09. The popular soap has aired in the UK since 1972.

Born on September 12, 1927, in Staffordshire, Jones got a late start in acting — landing his first screen roles while in in the early 1960s. But he would have a prolific career, racking up more
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Freddie Jones, Actor in ‘The Elephant Man,’ Dies at 91

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Freddie Jones, Actor in ‘The Elephant Man,’ Dies at 91
Freddie Jones, the British actor who over a nearly 70-year career played such memorable roles as the sadistic freakshow owner in David Lynch’s “The Elephant Man,” died July 9 in the U.K., according to numerous British media reports. He was 91.

The father of actor Toby Jones, he had more recently been appearing on British soap “Emmerdale” as Sandy Thomas.

In 1980, he starred his first film for Lynch, “The Elephant Man,” which starred John Hurt as a deformed man in Victorian London. Subsequently, the actor continued working with Lynch and appeared in “Dune” (1984), “Wild at Heart” (1990), and the three-part U.S. TV series “Hotel Room.” Upon news of Jones’ death, the filmmaker shared his remarks on Twitter.

“Dear Twitter Friends, I loved, loved, loved Freddie Jones,” Lynch tweeted. “Man-o-man will he be missed.”

Dear Twitter Friends, I loved, loved, loved Freddie Jones. Man-o-man will he be missed.

— David Lynch (@DAVID
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Freddie Jones obituary

Veteran actor admired for his roles as ‘Sir’ on stage in The Dresser, the freak-show owner in the 1980 film The Elephant Man and Sandy Thomas in TV’s Emmerdale

Freddie Jones, who has died aged 91, was the best sort of old-fashioned actor, a comic tragedian, eccentric and full-hearted, with something of both Donald Wolfit and Dickens’ Vincent Crummles about him. Indeed, his most famous stage role was that of Ronald Harwood’s affectionate near-portrait of Wolfit in The Dresser (1980), an old ham called “Sir” who faces disaster in the mirror while preparing to play King Lear. And he memorably embodied the extravagant Crummles in a television Nicholas Nickleby of 1977.

If Jones sometimes emulated Wolfit, his real hero was Wilfrid Lawson, a bibulous character actor who could break your heart on the instant, and he always welcomed the comparison. Yet, to the general public, he was never a name in lights,
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Freddie Jones, film actor and Emmerdale's Sandy Thomas, dies age 91

Much-loved performer and father of Toby Jones was stalwart of British TV as well as a regular in David Lynch films

Freddie Jones, the versatile actor who was a regular on British screens for more than five decades, has died aged 91, it has been announced. Jones was perhaps best known for his role as Sandy Thomas in the long-running soap Emmerdale. He was also the father of the actor Toby Jones.

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Freddie Jones, film actor and Emmerdale's Sandy Thomas, dies age 91

Much-loved performer and father of Toby Jones was stalwart of British TV as well as a regular in David Lynch films

Freddie Jones, the versatile actor who was a regular on British screens for more than five decades, has died aged 91, it has been announced. Jones was perhaps best known for his role as Sandy Thomas in the long-running soap Emmerdale. He was also the father of the actor Toby Jones.

Related: Freddie Jones obituary
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Freddie Jones, Actor in British Soap 'Emmerdale' and Father of Toby Jones, Dies at 91

Freddie Jones, Actor in British Soap 'Emmerdale' and Father of Toby Jones, Dies at 91
Freddie Jones, a British actor best known for his role in ITV soap opera Emmerdale and father of actor Toby Jones (Infamous, The Hunger Games), has died at the age of 91.

"It is with great sadness that I can confirm the death of Freddie Jones," his agent Lesley Duff said in a statement. "He passed away on the evening of July 9 after a short illness." She didn't provide details on his illness. "Freddie was a much loved and admired actor, known for his triumphs in classical theater, film and television," his agent added....
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British Comedy ‘Eaten By Lions’ Home Release Confirmed For July

British comedy Eaten By Lions has had a July release date confirmed by Mecca Film Developments and Lightbulb Film Distribution.

Following a hugely successful cinematic run, the independent British film will be available on Digital Download from 22nd July and DVD from the 29th July.

Jack Carroll and Antonio Aakeel star in the film, alongside the likes of Asim Chaudhry (People Just Do Nothing) and Johnny Vegas (Benidorm) as well as Vicki Pepperdine (Getting On), Kevin Eldon (Hot Fuzz), Hayley Tamaddon (Emmerdale / Coronation Street) and Nitin Ganatra (EastEnders).

Related: Theatrical trailer for British comedy Eaten By Lions

Omar and Pete are half-brothers. When their Gran passes away, they go on a life changing road trip to find Omar’s birth father. Armed with a biscuit tin containing a birth certificate, a photograph and their deceased mother’s diary, the pair of likely lads head on a quest that will change their lives forever.
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Interview: Mark Moraghan For The ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Touring Musical

Mark Moraghan, the former star of Holby City, Emmerdale, Dream Team and more tells us about taking the musical stage adaptation road movie Little Miss Sunshine out on the road.

(c) Richard H Smith

What is Little Miss Sunshine about?

Olive is Little Miss Sunshine. She’s a young girl with a dysfunctional family, who wins a place in a beauty pageant in California. All the family decide to go together in their grandpa’s old Vw minibus. It’s about their adventures on the way.

What made you want to be part of the production?

Well, I thought the film was fantastic. I’m a big fan of Alan Arkin [who played Grandpa in the movie], so to follow in his footsteps, albeit on stage, is an honour. It’s one of those jobs you just really want to be involved in.

What excites you about playing Grandpa?

I like him because he’s a naughty boy.
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Paul Darrow, cult favourite in Blake's 7, dies aged 78

The Surrey-born actor found fame with anti-hero Kerr Avon in the sci-fi saga and also appeared in Doctor Who, Emmerdale and Law & Order: UK

Paul Darrow, who played Kerr Avon in BBC sci-fi series Blake’s 7, has died aged 78 following a short illness, a spokesperson for the actor has confirmed.

Darrow achieved cult status with his performance as the morally ambiguous computer expert Avon, who fought alongside outlaw Blake (Gareth Thomas) against the totalitarian Federation, not because Avon felt it was right, but because he believed it was the best way to stay alive and get rich enough to retire in exile.

Related: Blake's 7: 40 years on, the dystopian sci-fi drama still packs a punch
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Competition: Win ‘Once Upon a Time in London’ on DVD

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To celebrate the home entertainment release of Once Upon a Time in London which will be available on DVD from the 10th June 2019, we have a copy of the DVD up for grabs, courtesy of Signature Entertainment!

Gateway Films, Ratio Film & Signature Entertainment presents Once Upon A Time In London, starring Leo Gregory, Terry Stone, Jamie Foreman, footballer Jamie O’Hara, Union J’s Jj Hamblett, legendary boxer Joe Egan, Geoff Bell, Holly Earl, Nadia Forde, Kate Braithwaite, Roland Manookian, Josh Myers, Andy Beckwith, Ali Cook, Doug Allan, Justin Salinger, and Laura Carter (Celebrity Big Brother). Comedian Simon Munnery, and boxers Steve Collins and Frank Buglioni round out this amazing cast from all strata of the entertainment and sports worlds.

Once Upon a Time in London charts the epic rise and legendary fall of a nationwide criminal empire that lasted for three action-packed decades from the late 1930s. The one-time
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Giveaway – Win Once Upon a Time in London on DVD

To celebrate the home entertainment release of Once Upon A Time In London which will be available on DVD from the 10th June 2019, we have a copy of the DVD up for grabs, courtesy of Signature Entertainment!

Gateway Films, Ratio Film & Signature Entertainment presents Once Upon A Time In London, starring Leo Gregory, Terry Stone, Jamie Foreman, footballer Jamie O’Hara, Union J’s Jj Hamblett, legendary boxer Joe Egan, Geoff Bell, Holly Earl, Nadia Forde, Kate Braithwaite, Roland Manookian, Josh Myers, Andy Beckwith, Ali Cook, Doug Allan, Justin Salinger, and Laura Carter (Celebrity Big Brother). Comedian Simon Munnery, and boxers Steve Collins and Frank Buglioni round out this amazing cast from all strata of the entertainment and sports worlds.

Once Upon A Time In London charts the epic rise and legendary fall of a nationwide criminal empire that lasted for three action-packed decades from the late 1930s. The one-time
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Today in Soap Opera History (May 13)

1993: CBS aired the final episodes of Knots Landing.

1994: Gh's Miguel pulled an injured Bj out of a bus crash.

2010: Emmerdale's Aaron revealed he was gay on the witness stand.

2011: Roger Howarth returned to One Life to Live."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1964: On Another World, Pat Matthews (Susan Trustman) told her mother, Mary (Virginia Dwyer), that her brother, Russ, resented their sister, Alice, for being a honor student when he will be forced to go to summer school.

1982: On The Edge of Night,
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The Filmmakers Podcast #104: Dominic Brunt on how to make Horror films

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Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors. They also shoot the breeze about their new films, The Dare, World of Darkness,
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‘Before Dawn’ Blu-ray Review (101 Films)

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Stars: Dominic Brunt, Joanne Mitchell, Eileen O’Brien, Nicky Evans, Alex Baldacci | Written by Mark Illis, Joanne Mitchell | Directed by Dominic Brunt

There’s unlikely to be a review of Before Dawn written that doesn’t mention director and star Dominic Brunt’s Emmerdale connection. Brunt has starred as Paddy Kirk on the long running soap since 1997, and is one of the show’s most recognisable stars.

What many people perhaps do not know, is that Dominic is a huge fan of the horror genre, even going so far as to host the Leeds horror festival on an annual basis. And now, Brunt has taken the next logical step and has directed and starred in Before Dawn.

Brunt’s wife Joanne Mitchell stars alongside her husband, and was responsible for the story behind the film. She produced a detailed scene-by-scene breakdown and then enlisted the help of another Emmerdale connection,
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What makes Gemma Atkinson feel like a superhero

Actress Gemma Atkinson, who is expecting her first child with boyfriend Gorka Marquez, says she feels like a superwoman. Gemma on Wednesday took to Instagram and posted before and after photographs of her fitness journey since becoming pregnant, reports standard.co.uk. Along with the images, she wrote: "Our bodies are incredible! What they are capable of doing astounds me, and in both these pictures I felt/feel like superwoman."

The first photograph showed a lean Atkinson, while in the second one, she was seen flaunting her baby bump.

"I have a life inside of me ticking away ready to join us soon. The little kicks and turns and flutters are just wonderful. I feel so incredibly lucky, added the former "Emmerdale" actress.
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Giveaway – Win Robin Hood: The Rebellion on DVD

To celebrate the home entertainment release of Robin Hood: The Rebellion, available on DVD and Digital HD 5th November, we have a copy of the DVD up for grabs, courtesy of Signature Entertainment!

Thrilling swordplay, brutal action and gripping intrigue make this fresh take on Robin Hood a must-watch for fans of Game of Thrones and Vikings, as well as those with a taste for action classics like Die Hard and The Raid.

Ben Freeman (a favourite of Emmerdale fans) makes a terrific Robin Hood – a reckless, brave hero going up against insurmountable odds. James Oliver Wheatley, soon be seen in the smash hit TV series Vikings, is a standout as the villainous and eminently hissable Sheriff of Nottingham, while screen legend and star of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Brian Blessed steals the show in the role of Friar Tuck.

Newcomer Marie Everett is a Maid Marian like you’ve never seen,
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Competition: Win ‘Robin Hood: The Rebellion’ on DVD

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To celebrate the home entertainment release of Robin Hood: The Rebellion, available on DVD and Digital HD 5th November, we have a copy of the DVD up for grabs, courtesy of Signature Entertainment! Thrilling swordplay, brutal action and gripping intrigue make this fresh take on Robin Hood a must-watch for fans of Game of Thrones and Vikings, as well as those with a taste for action classics like Die Hard and The Raid.

Ben Freeman (a favourite of Emmerdale fans) makes a terrific Robin Hood – a reckless, brave hero going up against insurmountable odds. James Oliver Wheatley, soon be seen in the smash hit TV series Vikings, is a standout as the villainous and eminently hissable Sheriff of Nottingham, while screen legend and star of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Brian Blessed steals the show in the role of Friar Tuck.

Newcomer Marie Everett is a Maid Marian like you’ve never seen,
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Could ‘The Favourite’ & ‘Three Billboards’ Backer Film4 Move Out Of London?

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Leading UK broadcaster Channel 4 yesterday announced plans to relocate its HQ from London to the city of Leeds, 200 miles north of the capital. The move is expected to take place by the end of next year and will include a new Channel 4 News bureau.

What does this mean for the channel’s powerhouse movie arm Film4, which has backed countless Oscar winners over the years including Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years A Slave and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri?

A staff consultation is understood to be under way to determine which departments and staff move out of London. When I checked in with a senior Film4 staffer yesterday, they told me the team was in the dark as to who, if any, would be moving. A spokesperson added today, “It is too early to tell whether Film4 will be affected by staff relocating to the hubs.”

The relocation, a
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Spotlight: Humane Society International's Celebrity Supporters

Humane Society International and our partner organizations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations-backed by 11 million people. Hsi works to protect all animals-including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife-and our record of achievement demonstrates our dedication and effectiveness. With the support of our advocates and donors, we have advocated for strong legislation to protect animals. For example, in 2009 we helped achieve a European Union ban on trade in seal products, a major step toward ending the annual commercial seal slaughter in Canada. We work with local animal organizations in countries all over the world to provide direct, hands-on care to animals in need and spread the culture of compassion. Our campaigns strike at the root of problems affecting animals by providing the tools and resources to prevent animal suffering both now and in the future.

Sir Paul McCartney – has actively supported Hsi’s
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Today in Soap Opera History (October 16)

1972: Emmerdale Farm premiered.

1985: Atwt's Holden introduced himself as the new stable boy.

1985: Theo died on Days of our Lives.

1992: Days of our Lives' Isabella died."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1939: Irna Phillips' The Right to Happiness, a spinoff of popular radio soap opera The Guiding Light, premiered on the NBC Blue Network. The show initially focused on the character Rose Kransky from Guiding Light but eventually Carolyn Allen (played first by Eloise Kummer and then Claudia Morgan) took center stage. Carolyn remained the central character of the program until the series
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