Dominic Brunt leads tributes to Johnny Leeze

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 October 2020
Dominic Brunt

Dominic Brunt

'Emmerdale' actors Dominic Brunt and Dean Andrews have paid tribute to Johnny Leeze, who has passed away aged 78

Dominic Brunt has led tributes to his former 'Emmerdale' co-star Johnny Leeze, who has died aged 78.

The ex-Dales star – who played Ned Glover from 1994 to 1999 – passed away after suffering a heart attack, and he tested positive for coronavirus a day before his death.

Dominic (Paddy Kirk) praised Johnny for being "full of good advice".

He wrote on Twitter: "RIP Johnny Leeze. My flat mate when I arrived in @emmerdale in 1997. Old school and wayward but full of good advice. The funniest stories attached to this fella. Non repeatable here I’m afraid. X (sic)"

'Emmerdale' star Dean Andrews (Will Taylor) also admitted Johnny had given him plenty of words of wisdom over the years.

He tweeted: "Very very sad to hear my old mate and former

@emmerdale legend Johnny Leeze past away today. I first worked with him in 1983 and he gave me lots of encouragement and advice. Great entertainer and a cracking bloke #RIP (sic)"

Johnny's daughter Holly told Daily Star Online: "He was my friend, he was such a strong, strong man.

"He was such a great guy, a really funny guy. He was loved by everybody really. Even by his ex-wife, who is with me today, my mum.

"I don't know what else to say. I'm numb, I just can't get my head round it at the minute.

"I want to say so much more about him but I just don't know what to say."

Johnny's brother Phillip revealed his sibling had Covid-19 and "underlying health issues".

As well as 'Emmerdale', the star had a stint in 'Coronation Street' in 1985 as milkman Harry Clayton, whose daughter Sue Clayton was played by Jane Hazlegrove.

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