Former Eastenders and Hollyoaks actor dies

Actor Ross Davidson has died aged 56 following a battle with brain cancer. The actor, best known for his role as Andy O’Brien in EastEnders, where his character went down in history for being the first main cast-member to be killed off.

After leaving EastEnders, Ross went on to star in Brookside, Take the High Road, Welsh series Pobol Y Cwm and more recently he starred in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks for several years.

Doctors diagnosed Davidson with a brain tumour in February 2005. Three months later he married wife Barbara, who has paid tribute to him. “He was a great husband, great father and great son,” she commented. “The amazing thing is Ross kept smiling until the bitter end.”

He died at his home in Essex after saying goodbye to his children, said his agent Keith Bishop. “Ross had surgery three times. He searched the country for a cure and fought a brave fight.” Current EastEnder Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale, added to the tributes. “Ross was a good man with a great sense of humour and a twinkle in his eye,” he commented. “It’s a great shame he has left us.”[Mof Gimmers]

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