BRITISH ACTOR GEOFFREY Hughes has died. He was 68.
His agent said the television star passed away “peacefully in his sleep” after a “long courageous battle” with prostate cancer.
The hugely popular Scouse became a household name as Eddie Yeats, the soft-hearted binman on Coronation Street, from 1974 to 1983, and has remained on our screens as some type of lovable rogue ever since.
Hughes’s other roles included Vernon in Heartbeat and Uncle Keith in Skins. He was also the voice of Paul McCartney in the Beatles film Yellow Submarine but most will remember him as the ironically-named Twiggy in The Royle Family and the beer-guzzling Onslow, Hyacinth Bucket’s vest-wearing nemesis, in Keeping Up Appearances.
Here are some of his best bits, showing that type-casting isn’t necessarily a bad thing:
As Eddie in Corrie:
Becoming a favourite with a new generation in the 1990s:
Twiggy had some fantastic moments with Jim:
And here he is discussing trendy jeans, Wash-n-Go and panty pads: