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'Emmerdale' pays tribute to toddler actor who tragically passed away

Published 11/07/2014 | 08:39

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Harry Whittaker, one of the child actors who played Marlon Dingle & Rhona Goskirk's son Leo on Emmerdale. Pic tweeted by MNark Charnock who plays Marlon

Last night's episode of popular UTV soap Emmerdale closed with a tribute to little Harry Whittaker, who passed away last week.

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The toddler was one of two children who played Leo, the son of characters Marlon Dingle and Rhona Goskirk.

He was honoured at the end of the episode with a photo saying: "To Harry, With Love".

Mark Charnock, who plays Marlon, tweeted a picture of Harry alongside the message: "Our superhero. We were lucky to know you & hear your laugh. You lit up our lives, dearest, loveliest Harry."

An Emmerdale spokesperson said: "Very sadly we can confirm Harry Whittaker's passing last Tuesday 1st July.

"We will all miss him greatly and have offered our sincerest condolences to his family at this very sad time."

Leo made his first appearance in the soap on May 31, 2011 and has also been played by another young child, Theo Tasker.

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