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 Shining star: Jimmy Ellis

Shining star: Jimmy Ellis

Actor Jimmy Ellis received an honorary degree at Queen`s University in Belfast, for services to the performing arts

Actor Jimmy Ellis received an honorary degree at Queen`s University in Belfast, for services to the performing arts

James Ellis pictured with James Nesbitt in 1999 at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.  Stars flew in to help the second year of BBC's Making A Difference the entertainment show, incorporating variety,musical performances, stand up comedy and dance, which seeks to highlight the positive aspects of life in Norhtern Ireland.

James Ellis pictured with James Nesbitt in 1999 at the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Stars flew in to help the second year of BBC's Making A Difference the entertainment show, incorporating variety,musical performances, stand up comedy and dance, which seeks to highlight the positive aspects of life in Norhtern Ireland.

James (jimmy) Ellis Heads or Harps on UTV St Patrick's Day 1965

James (jimmy) Ellis Heads or Harps on UTV St Patrick's Day 1965

James (jimmy) Ellis plays Dandy Jordan - The Randy Dandy 1961

James (jimmy) Ellis plays Dandy Jordan - The Randy Dandy 1961

James (jimmy) Ellis plays the part of Walter Perritt. 1986
The Practice

James (jimmy) Ellis plays the part of Walter Perritt. 1986 The Practice

Ellis in the TV drama The Practice

Ellis in the TV drama The Practice

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Shining star: Jimmy Ellis

The funeral of legendary Belfast actor Jimmy Ellis will take place on Friday, less than a mile from the Sydenham house he called home.

Stars of TV, film and theatre are expected to be at St Mark's Church, Dundela, on the Holywood Road for a funeral service which has been described as one of thanksgiving for the actor's life.

Mr Ellis (82), who died 10 days ago from a stroke in Lincoln Hospital in England, was brought up in Park Avenue close to St Mark's, where writer CS Lewis was baptised.

After his death, Mr Ellis's family revealed that the actor, best known for his role as Sgt Bert Lynch in the long-running TV series Z Cars, had always wanted to buried in his native Belfast.

Following the service the funeral cortege will travel around a number of Mr Ellis's old haunts in east Belfast, including Park Avenue and in the city centre.

Mr Ellis will be buried after a private ceremony in an as yet undisclosed location.

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