Much-loved performer and father of Toby Jones was stalwart of British TV as well as a regular in David Lynch films
Freddie Jones, the versatile actor who was a regular on British screens for more than five decades, has died aged 91, it has been announced. Jones was perhaps best known for his role as Sandy Thomas in the long-running soap Emmerdale. He was also the father of the actor Toby Jones.
Joness agent, Lesley Duff, confirmed the news in a statement, saying: It is with great sadness that I can confirm the death of Freddie Jones. He passed away on the evening of 9 July after a short illness. Freddie was a much loved and admired actor. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him and most especially his family.
Born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1927, Jones initially worked as a lab assistant at the British Ceramic Research Association before deciding to switch careers. After studying acting at Rose Bruford college, he broke into TV in the early 60s with roles in Z-Cars and The Victorians. By the end of the decade he was active in films, having been cast in Peter Brooks Marat/Sade and John Schlesingers Thomas Hardy adaptation Far from the Madding Crowd.