Tributes paid to actor Tony Haygarth

Actor Tony Haygarth. Photo: BBC
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Tributes have been paid to actor Tony Haygarth following his death on March 10, aged 72.

His death was confirmed by his wife Carole Winter on social media. A cause of death has yet to be confirmed, but it follows a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in 2014.

A veteran character actor who appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, Haygarth was most recently seen with the Peter Hall Company in Jim Cartwright’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2009 and at Chichester Festival Theatre in Brian Friel’s reworking of Turgenev’s A Month in the Country in 2010.

He was nominated for an Olivier award in 1996 for Twelve Angry Men at the Comedy Theatre and The Lie, his play about the death of playwright Christopher Marlowe was seen at the King’s Head Theatre, Islington, in 2001.

Television appearances included Rosie, Our Friends in the North and extended runs in Where the Heart Is, The Bill and Emmerdale.

Making the announcement on Twitter, Winter, a theatre producer, said: “Tony Haygarth: loving father to Katie and Becky, my greatest supporter, actor of extraordinary talent RIP.”

Among early tributes, actor Tony Robinson described Haygarth as “a gentle man, and a fine and subtle actor”.

Comedian and actor Les Dennis wrote: “So very sad to hear that the wonderful Tony Haygarth has died.”

Actor Pavel Douglas said: “First worked with him as an ASM at Traverse Theatre in 1968. Funny and quirky guy.”