Emmerdale Actor Freddie Jones Dies
Veteran actor Freddie Jones, best known for playing Sandy Thomas in Emmerdale, has died at the age of 91, his agent has said.
Legendary actor Freddie Jones, most recently known for playing Sandy Thomas in Emmerdale from 2005 until 2018 has sadly died at the age of 91-years old.
His agent Lesley Duff said: “It is with great sadness that I can confirm the death of Freddie Jones. He passed away on the evening of July 9 after a short illness.
“Freddie was a much loved and admired actor, known for his triumphs in classical theatre, film and television. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him and most especially his family.”
During his time at Emmerdale, his character Sandy Thomas repaired his relationship with his son Ashley (John Middleton) only to have it destroyed again when he suffered violent and emotional abuse from the vicar. They eventually reunited and Sandy supported Laurel and Ashley through his dementia and eventual death. Heartbroken, he departed for a new life in Australia to be reunited with old friend Betty Eagleton.
On his Emmerdale departure, Freddie said: “It’s about the balance of my life. The company generously offered me another 12 months. But I just thought, I have no idea what I’m going to do in another bloody year! The drama that Ashley’s death gave me last year was monumental. But that’s gone now. I travel three hours by car, book into a hotel and then get up the next day to say maybe three sentences. And then do a three hour journey back. I can’t justify staying, even though Emmerdale was very generous in asking me to.”
He also paid tribute to those he worked with, citing a ‘feeling of friendship’ as his overriding memory of Emmerdale. “Overwhelming love from every quarter – props, lighting, make-up… nobody could have been kinder. My life will easily be more impoverished,” he added.
The father of fellow actor Toby Jones, he became an actor after a mid-life career change, having previously worked as a laboratory assistant while performing in amateur theatre on the side.
He appeared in Hollywood films including The Elephant Man, Dune, Firefox and Wild At Heart and literary dramas such as Far From The Madding Crowd and Nicholas Nickleby, as well as the 1987 version of Vanity Fair.
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