Alan Igbon death: Coronation Street and Brookside star dies at 68, says niece

Alan Igbon death: Coronation Street and Brookside star dies at 68, says niece

CORONATION Street and Brookside star Alan Igbon's niece has paid tribute to the 68-year-old after he "passed away peacefully".

He started acting when he was a teenager and went on to star in The Black Stuff, The Professionals, G.B.H., Doctors and Pet, as well as films including Scum, Babylon and Water.

The actor played Jason Grimshaw's estranged dad Tony Stewart in Corrie and starred in a number of critically acclaimed 80s TV dramas including Scum and Boys from the Blackstuff and sitcom Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

His niece shared news of his death on Facebook writing: "Early December 2020 my mums brother Alan Igbon my uncle passed away peaceful. 

His soap star role on Corrie was as the estranged father of Ryan Thomas' character Jason Grimshaw.

"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."

His former co-star Louis Emerick also wrote kind words about the star following the news.

Louis said: "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."

Fellow actor Colin Salmon shared: "Absolute giant for me. Authentic in every role. RIP Alan Igbon."

Manchester born Alan was a jobbing actor until he got his big break in the 1979 TV film Scum, where he played inmate Meakin.

He then went on to star as Angadi, a member of a kidnapping gang, in the hard-hitting police drama The Professionals in 1980.The same year Alan landed the role as Logo in Boys from the Blackstuff, a BBC drama focusing on unemployed men in Liverpool during the recession.

After a run off successful drama appearances, Alan took a temporary role in ITV soap Coronation Street in 2003, playing Jason Grimshaw's estranged father Tony Stewart After returning to his son's life, builder Tony competed with Eileen for their son's affections.

While he managed to win over Jason, Tony caused trouble with the rest of the street - particularly Peter Barlow following his dodgy repair job at Barlow's Bookies.

Tony was eventually forced to flee the street - not before pinching £700 from Street Cars to help his getaway.

His character returned in 2014 but was played by Terence Maynard.