Fans stand by Coronation Street and Emmerdale star as beloved relative passes away

Reece often directs episodes of Coronation Street and Emmerdale (Picture: ITV)

Actor and director Reece Dinsdale announced on social media that his mother, who was a popular character on Coronation Street and Emmerdale, had gone away on Saturday night, December 9. This is really sad news.

Reece shared a photo of his mother on X, the previous Twitter platform, writing:

My dear mother went away today at nine o’clock. Nothing will ever be the same in life again. I appreciate all of the love that you amazing people have shown me on this site over the last several days. Never lose sight of. Ma, good night. May God bless you right now! xxx’

Reece apologized to his platform followers the day before for not responding to them as frequently as he had been doing, citing his mother’s illness as the reason.

I apologize for not responding to all of you wonderful folks as much as I would have liked to lately. For those of you who have been wondering, the explanation is that my 92-year-old mother is nearing the end of her life. I love you all very much, he wrote.

Friends from the acting community and beyond sent condolences and expressions of sorrow after the star’s tragic news. Activist and TV host Carol Vorderman apologized to Reece. Huge love ❤️ may your lovely mother find peace in her final years. Your mother must have been really proud of you ??.

He is best known for his role as Joe in Corrie (Picture: ITV)
n Emmerdale, Reece portrayed Vinny’s father, Paul. (Image: ITV)

Reece seems “very much like” his mother, according to EastEnders actress Balvinder Sopal. Her co-star Heather Peace commented, “Much love Reece, to you and all of yours.” I sincerely apologize for your loss. xxx’

Along with the condolences from Bhasker Patel, Samantha Bond, and Walford legend Lord Michael Cashman, Reece’s message has received over 6,000 reactions from friends and supporters on Twitter.

Reece, who was born in Yorkshire, has made appearances on several TV series, including the well-liked sitcom Home To Roost in the 1980s.

viewers of soap operas would recognize him from Coronation Street as Joe McIntyre, the husband of Gail (Helen Worth). In particular, viewers will recall the plot point where he orchestrated his own drowning tragedy on Windermere and was unintentionally murdered while executing the scheme.

Reece starred in Emmerdale from 2020–21 as Vinny Dingle’s (Bradley Johnson) violent father, Paul Ashdale. He also frequently directs Coronation Street and Emmerdale episodes.

Reece responded in response to all of the heartfelt words regarding his mother:

“I made an effort to “like” each and every response to the tweet regarding my mother’s demise.” Regretfully, X then just stopped me from tweeting. ?‍♂️ Now that I’m unblocked, I want to sincerely thank everyone for their love and support. ? You truly are the finest person alive! ♥️ xxx

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