Lawson in tribute after Corrie star Roy dies at 81
Northern Ireland actor Charlie Lawson has paid tribute to former Coronation Street star Roy Barraclough.
Barraclough, who played Alec Gilroy, passed away yesterday aged 81 following a short illness.
Mr Lawson, who played Jim McDonald in the ITV soap, said the "very sad news" 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 Mr Barraclough was always a pleasure, Mr Lawson recalled.
"I'll always remember him with a smile on my face," he added.
"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."
Extending his sympathies to the late actor's family, Mr Lawson said he'd be "sorely missed" among the profession.
Mr Barraclough appeared as a talent agent in Corrie in the early 1970s before becoming a regular face on the cobbles from 1986 until 1992, and returning again in 1996 for two years.
As Gilroy he was best known for his stormy marriage to Bet Lynch, played by Julie Goodyear.
His other TV work included roles in Casualty, Last Of The Summer Wine and Last Tango In Halifax.
Last year Mr Barraclough appeared in the BBC's one-off tribute to Are You Being Served? as Mr Grainger.
In 2006 he was awarded the MBE for services to drama and his charity work.