Coronation Street and Brookside star Alan Igbon dead at 68

Coronation Street and Brookside star Alan Igbon has passed away at the age of 68. 

The actor’s niece Lee-Ann confirmed the tragic news in a Facebook post on Monday, explaining her uncle died ‘peacefully’ last month.

Soap star Alan was widely recognised for portraying Tony Stewart, the estranged father of Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas), in the ITV programme in 2003, before his role was reprised by Terence Maynard from 2014 until 2015. 

The actor later landed the role of Loggo in BBC’s TV series Boys From The Blackstuff – which followed a group of unemployed men from Liverpool during the recession in the UK – until 1982.  

He made his film debut as he played inmate Meakin in 1979 drama Scum, which depicted the harsh reality of lives in a youth detention centre.   

Tragic: Coronation Street and Brookside star Alan Igbon has passed away aged 68 (pictured in the ITV soap in 2003)

Tragic: Coronation Street and Brookside star Alan Igbon has passed away aged 68 (pictured in the ITV soap in 2003)

Tragic: Coronation Street and Brookside star Alan Igbon has passed away aged 68 (pictured in the ITV soap in 2003)

The late star’s niece wrote on Facebook: ‘Early December 2020 my mum’s brother Alan Igbon my uncle passed away peaceful. 

‘He is well known for being an actor in Boys from the black stuff, Scum, GBH, Coronation st, Brookside and many more. R.i.e.p xxx.’ (sic)

As Tony, the character caused havoc across the cobbles as he went up against his former partner Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) to win over their son, before fleeing the street. 

Elsewhere in his career, the TV star took part in police drama The Professionals in 1980, in which he played gang member Angadi. 

Loss: The actor's niece Lee-Ann confirmed the tragic news in a Facebook post on Monday as she revealed her uncle died 'peacefully' last month (pictured in Crown Court in 1975)

Loss: The actor's niece Lee-Ann confirmed the tragic news in a Facebook post on Monday as she revealed her uncle died 'peacefully' last month (pictured in Crown Court in 1975)

Loss: The actor’s niece Lee-Ann confirmed the tragic news in a Facebook post on Monday as she revealed her uncle died ‘peacefully’ last month (pictured in Crown Court in 1975)

Heartfelt: The late thespian's relative wrote an emotional note, which was uploaded alongside a series of throwback images from different points of his life

Heartfelt: The late thespian's relative wrote an emotional note, which was uploaded alongside a series of throwback images from different points of his life

Heartfelt: The late thespian’s relative wrote an emotional note, which was uploaded alongside a series of throwback images from different points of his life

Famous face: The soap star was best known for portraying Tony Stewart in the ITV programme in 2003 (pictured with Sue Cleaver as Eileen Grimshaw)

Famous face: The soap star was best known for portraying Tony Stewart in the ITV programme in 2003 (pictured with Sue Cleaver as Eileen Grimshaw)

Famous face: The soap star was best known for portraying Tony Stewart in the ITV programme in 2003 (pictured with Sue Cleaver as Eileen Grimshaw)

He later landed the role of Loggo in BBC’s TV series Boys From The Blackstuff – which followed a group of unemployed men from Liverpool during the recession in the UK – until 1982.  

The actor made his film debut as he played inmate Meakin in 1979 drama Scum, which depicted the harsh reality of lives in a youth detention centre. 

The Manchester-born star, who was of West African and Irish heritage, also played minor roles in courtroom drama Crown Court in 1975 and factual show Crimewatch in 1985. 

Plot: As Tony, the character caused havoc across the cobbles as he went up against his former partner Eileen to win over their son (Ryan as Jason), before fleeing the street

Plot: As Tony, the character caused havoc across the cobbles as he went up against his former partner Eileen to win over their son (Ryan as Jason), before fleeing the street

Plot: As Tony, the character caused havoc across the cobbles as he went up against his former partner Eileen to win over their son (Ryan as Jason), before fleeing the street

Icon: The Manchester-born actor starred in Boys from the Blackstuff (pictured in 1982 with L-R: Peter Kerrigan, Tom Georgeson, Michael Angelis, Gary Bleasdale and Bernard Hill)

Icon: The Manchester-born actor starred in Boys from the Blackstuff (pictured in 1982 with L-R: Peter Kerrigan, Tom Georgeson, Michael Angelis, Gary Bleasdale and Bernard Hill)

Icon: The Manchester-born actor starred in Boys from the Blackstuff (pictured in 1982 with L-R: Peter Kerrigan, Tom Georgeson, Michael Angelis, Gary Bleasdale and Bernard Hill)

Impressive: He made his film debut as he played inmate Meakin in 1979 drama Scum, which depicted the harsh reality of live in a youth detention centre (pictured)

Impressive: He made his film debut as he played inmate Meakin in 1979 drama Scum, which depicted the harsh reality of live in a youth detention centre (pictured)

Impressive: He made his film debut as he played inmate Meakin in 1979 drama Scum, which depicted the harsh reality of live in a youth detention centre (pictured)

His former co-star Louis Emerick, 60, also paid tribute to the ‘underrated actor’ as he tweeted earlier this week: ‘Another sad loss, #AlanAdjIgbon..Riep Adj. 

‘Boys from the blackstuff,Scum,Gbh,Brooky, Corrie,Adj graced them all. A very underrated actor.

‘Adj was an inspiration to me,he and @PaulBarberActor made me realise “Yes it can be done” Goodbye Adj, never forgotten.’ (Sic) 

'Another sad loss': His former co-star Louis Emerick, 60, also paid tribute to the 'underrated actor'

'Another sad loss': His former co-star Louis Emerick, 60, also paid tribute to the 'underrated actor'

‘Another sad loss’: His former co-star Louis Emerick, 60, also paid tribute to the ‘underrated actor’

The cause of his death is yet to be confirmed, and he is survived by his niece Lee-Ann.

Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh also paid tribute by tweeting: ‘Alan Igbon RIP January 2nd. 

‘An Actor who paved a way for we Black Actors in a Scum, Boys From The Blackstuff, Coronation Street etc…We stand on your shoulders. Rest In Power Brother.’

Tribute: Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh also took to Twitter to share her reaction following Alan's death

Tribute: Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh also took to Twitter to share her reaction following Alan's death

Tribute: Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh also took to Twitter to share her reaction following Alan’s death

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