Coronation Street star Charlie Lawson pay tribute as creator of soap Tony Warren dies
Former Coronation Street star Charlie Lawson has paid tribute to Tony Warren, the soap's creator, who has died aged 79.
The 56-year-old Belfast actor who played Jim McDonald for 11 years said: "I remember him as a great guy.
"He was fun to be with and there's no doubt about it he was hugely influential and still is and I hope that will continue in his absence."
Bill Roache, who plays Ken Barlow and worked with Warren on the first episode in 1960, said: "He was the father of Coronation Street and he gave us all so much. He will be so desperately missed."
Former Coronation Street actress Julie Goodyear, best known for playing bar lady Bet Lynch, said she felt "very privileged to have him in my life".
She added: "We cried together and we laughed together."
Warren devised the idea for the Weatherfield soap aged 24.
ITV said he died on Tuesday night after a short illness.