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Belfast Corrie actor 'will always remember Roy Barraclough with a smile'

By Sue Doherty

Belfast actor Charlie Lawson has paid tribute to fellow Corrie actor Roy Barraclough, who died at the age of 81.

Well-known for his role as the hell-raising, hard-drinking Jim McDonald on Coronation Street, Mr Lawson enjoyed many scenes with the late actor, who played Alex Gilroy, landlord of The Rovers Return.

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Mr Lawson said the "very sad news" that Mr Barraclough passed away on Thursday had taken him by surprise.

He added: "Roy was quite a private chap so I hadn't been aware that he was ill."

Acting with the veteran was always a pleasure, Mr Lawson recalled.

"I'll always remember him with a smile on my face.

"He was a very accomplished actor and a very funny man. Doing scenes with him in the Rovers was always a joy. You'd be happy to sit there all afternoon.

"We had a particular relationship between our two characters. Mine called him 'Sandy' which made him laugh.

"He was always up for a laugh. For example, he'd be trying to rip the charity boxes open off camera during my scenes."

Extending his sympathies to the late actor's family and friends, Mr Lawson also said he'd be "sorely missed" among his fellow actors.

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