ENTERTAINMENT

Caroline Aherne Dead: Ricky Tomlinson Pays Emotional Tribute To ‘The Royle Family’ Co-Star

'She was absolutely wonderful and amazing to work for. Kind, funny, witty.'

03/07/2016 09:28

Ricky Tomlinson has paid tribute to his ‘The Royle Family’ co-star Caroline Aherne, whose death was confirmed on Saturday (2 July).

The sad news came following a lengthy battle with cancer, and many stars paid tribute to Caroline on social media following her publicist’s announcement.

ITV/REX/Shutterstock
Caroline and Ricky in the 2000 Christmas special 

Now, Ricky has shared his kind words for the actress, who starred as his daughter in the hit comedy, ‘The Royle Family’.

He tells the Sunday Mirror: “I’m so bloody shocked. She was absolutely wonderful and amazing to work for. Kind, funny, witty.

"A true professional and one of the most generous people I ever worked with.

“She never talked about her health, ever. I can never ever remember her complaining.

“She must have gone through a lot but I never saw her looking unwell.

“She never flagged in work and the atmosphere when she was writing and acting was brilliant.”

Their fellow ‘The Royle Family’ star Sue Johnston, who played Caroline’s mother, has also shared her sadness in a statement, which simply reads: “I am devastated at her passing and I am numb with grief.”

Fiona Hanson/PA Wire
Caroline Aherne

The fiercely private Caroline had been battling cancer since 2014, and in a rare appearance earlier this year, she spoke at the launch of Manchester’s Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership, where she told the audience how her sense of humour had helped her through the illness.

Caroline won over many fans during her career, thanks to shows including ‘Mrs Merton’ - which landed her a Bafta - and early project ‘Fast Show’.

In recent years, she became known by younger audiences, by narrating Channel 4 hit ‘Gogglebox’.

Caroline Aherne: A Life In Pictures
Suggest a correction
Comments

CONVERSATIONS