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Royal Exchange leads tributes to actor Wyllie Longmore


Coronation Street and Love Actually actor, Wyllie Longmore has died, aged 82.

While known to millions for his acting roles, including Dr McKinnon in Coronation Street and as an advisor to the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) in Love Actually, he was a passionate supporter of young up-coming acting talent.

He was the founding Head of Acting at The Arden drama school in Manchester. This was set up in association with The Royal Exchange Theatre.

Today, they both paid tribute to him:

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The Arden added: 

“Wyllie established a set of values and a legacy that continues to this day and inspired generations of young actors. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time.”

Born in Jamaica, he moved to England in 1961, training at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. He would later move to Manchester and take up his first soap role on Coronation Street. He also appeared in Between The Lines, The Bill, Casualty, Blue Murder and Cold Feet.

Tributes have poured in from across the acting community.


His daughter confirmed on social media that he died peacefully.

She wrote: “He had been living with cancer, but passed away peacefully with my mum by his side.” 

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