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Emmerdale’s Amos Brearly dies

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Exclusive: Actor Ronald Magill who played grumpy landlord Amos Brearly in Emmerdale died today aged 87. He joined the soap when it began in 1972 and played the role for 19 years.

The bushy sideburns that Magill grew for a provincial stage play were to become the trademark of Woolpack landlord Amos.

“Amos was the village gossip and very much a loner,” said Magill. “I saw him as a man who found it difficult to make friends, yet, once he was behind the bar and lord of all he surveyed, he was able to relate to people.”

The Hull-born actor was brought up in a Birmingham orphanage and began his acting career at the Nottingham Playhouse in 1963 where he later became artistic director.

He appeared in several films and on television in Special Branch before auditioning for Emmerdale Farm, as the soap was originally known, in 1972.