Freddie Jones dead: Emmerdale star who played Sandy Thomas dies aged 91

Freddie Jones, who played Sandy Thomas on ITV’s Emmerdale, passed away on Tuesday after a short illness.

Freddie starred on Emmerdale for 13 years, leaving the hit soap in February 2018.

Freddie’s agent, Lesley Duff, confirmed the sad news of his death, saying: “‘It is with great sadness that I can confirm the death of Freddie Jones.

"He passed away on the evening of July 9 after a short illness.

"Freddie was a much loved and admired actor, known for his triumphs in classical theatre, film and television.

"He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him and most especially his family."

Sandy played the father of the late vicar Ashley Thomas on Emmerdale and departed the village last year for a new life in Australia.

Speaking about his departure from the soap after 13 years, he told Radio Times: "It’s about the balance of my life. The company generously offered me another 12 months.

"But I just thought, “I have no idea what I’m going to do in another bloody year!”

"The drama that Ashley’s death gave me last year was monumental. But that’s gone now.

"I travel three hours by car, book into a hotel and then get up the next day to say maybe three sentences. And then do a three hour journey back.

"I can’t justify staying, even though Emmerdale was very generous in asking me to."

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