Coronation Street stars pay tribute to Bill Tarmey

Cast members including Michael Le Vell and Samia Ghadie remember the man who played Jack Duckworth for three decades in Weatherfield

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Coronation Street stars pay tribute to Bill Tarmey
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David Brown

Michael Le Vell (Kevin Webster)

"Bill met my Dad briefly when I first joined Coronation Street. And when my Dad passed away Bill became like a surrogate Dad to me. He and Liz looked after me and got me through those early days and we've been friends ever since. My heart goes out to Ali and his family. We knew Bill was poorly, but this is still a very great shock. I am going to miss him very much."

Nigel Pivaro (Terry Duckworth)

"I am devastated to learn of the passing of someone who became a huge part of both my professional and personal life, who I came to look on as a second father. He was a very wise and dignified man who taught me a great deal and whose counsel I came to value greatly.  He was a lovely man who cared deeply for his family and friends. We are all rightly bereft at the loss we will feel knowing that the world will be a little poorer without Bill to lighten it up with his warm humour."

Samia Ghadie (Maria Connor)

"Bill was one of those people who after meeting once you felt like you had known him your whole life. A very special, funny, wise and kind man. I will cherish my memories of him. Sending all my love and thoughts to Ali and the family. Love you Bill xx”

Jennie McAlpine (Fiz Brown)

“Bill was one of those people who after meeting once you felt like you had known him your whole life. A very special, funny, wise and kind man. I will cherish my memories of him. Sending all my love and thoughts to Ali and the family. Love you Bill xx”

Chris Fountain (Tommy Duckworth)

“Really sad to hear about Bill Tarmey passing away, a true Corrie legend who I wish I’d had the pleasure of working with, he will be missed x”

Jane Danson (Leanne Barlow)

"Bill was one of the loveliest men you could ever wish to meet. He was the first to come over on my first day at work. It was quite daunting meeting icons like Bill and Liz but they made me feel very welcome and at home. Everyone felt as if they knew Bill because he had such a warmth about him on and off screen."

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