Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 25 May 2016

James Ellis a much-loved actor and champion of the arts

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 10/03/2014

James Ellis (left) in Z Cars
James Ellis (left) in Z Cars
James (jimmy) Ellis plays Dandy Jordan - The Randy Dandy 1961
James (jimmy) Ellis Heads or Harps on UTV St Patrick's Day 1965
James (jimmy) Ellis with his mum and dad in 1968
James (jimmy) Ellis plays PC Lynch in Z Cars
James Ellis as Norman in "Too late to talk to Billy."
Norman played by James Ellis and Lorna, played by Brid Brennan, in a scene from "Too late to talk to Billy."
"Too late to talk to Billy." From left: Ann (Tracey Lynch), Norman (James Ellis), Maureen (Aine Gorman), Lorna (Brid Brennan) and Billy (Kenneth Branagh). 1982
James (jimmy) Ellis plays the part of Walter Perritt. 1986 The Practice
James Ellis pictured with playwright and actor Joe Tomelty in 1991 and sculptor Carolyn Mulholland.
Ciaran Hinds with Jimmy Ellis at the Integrated Education Fund's gala ball at the Europa Hotel.
James Ellis unveils a plaque in 2010 marking the birthplace of playwright Sam Thompson at the location of the house where he was born.
Actor James "Jimmy" Ellis, who has died aged 82, received an honorary degree from Queen's University in Belfast

The death of the actor James Ellis at the age of 82 is the final chapter in the long life of a talented artist who won many friends in his native province and much further afield.

Since his rise to prominence a long time ago on British network television, Jimmy Ellis has been rarely out of the headlines, in the best possible sense.

His down to earth Ulster attitude to life has been one of the continual charms of a man who never assumed airs nor graces, or took himself and his talent too seriously.

Jimmy Ellis was a man who always championed the arts in Northern Ireland, and achieved national fame, but who never lost the run of himself.

He will be remembered with great fondness and respect.

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