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Tony Haygarth, actor – obituary

Tony Haygarth in Where the Heart Is
Tony Haygarth in Where the Heart Is Credit: ITV/REX/ITV/REX

Tony Haygarth, the Liverpool-born actor, who has died aged 72, became familiar to viewers of television series such as Emmerdale, Where the Heart Is, The Bill and Midsomer Murders, but was also an accomplished stage and film actor, poet and playwright.

He played the farmhand Mick Naylor in Emmerdale (2008-9) and enjoyed a five-year stint as doting father Vic Snow in Where the Heart Is (1997- 2002).

On stage there were leading roles with the RSC, the National and the Royal Court and he appeared in numerous West End productions, winning an Olivier award nomination for his performance as Juror No 3, blaming “rotten kids” for all the ills of the world, in Harold Pinter’s 1996 revival of Twelve Angry Men at the Comedy Theatre.

In Chicken Run (2000), Peter Lord and Nick Park’s stop-motion poultry-themed variation on The Great Escape, Haygarth voiced the character of Mr Tweedy, the hapless spouse...

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