Tuesday 20 August 2019

Tributes for Fair City's Tom Jordan

Beloved actor: Tom Jordan
Beloved actor: Tom Jordan
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

The actor Tom Jordan, best known for playing Charlie Kelly in RTE drama Fair City, has died.

Mr Jordan, who was in his 80s, had starred in the show since it began in 1989.

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The Dubliner was born in Marino and lived in Beaumont for more than 50 years but had recently moved to Co Roscommon with his wife Julie.

As a stage actor, he played in every major theatre in the country and took part in shows in the US, UK, Hong Kong and Austria.

He also starred in Strumpet City and Jim Sheridan's adaptation of John B Keane's The Field, as well as a number of roles on UK television.

However, it was on Fair City where he became a familiar face to thousands of viewers across the country over the past 30 years as Carrigstown's quintessential Dub.

Last night, the show's executive producer Brigie de Courcy hailed him as "the heart of Fair City".

"A consummate actor, and a strong advocate for his colleagues across the industry, he will remain a legend for the viewers and for everyone who had the privilege of working with him. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time," she said.

Many of Mr Jordan's acting colleagues also paid their respects to him last night. Jim Bartley, who plays Bella Doyle in the soap, said he was going to miss a great friend. "We'd discuss everything from the meaning of life to the profession we work in together over a pint, and he was one of the best friends I've had in the business."

He is survived by his wife Julie and five children; daughters Annmarie, Jacqui and Julie and his sons Jock and Tomas.

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