Peter Martin Obituary, Royle Family and Emmerdale Star Dies At 82
- john Gibson
Peter Martin Obituary, Death – According to MailOnline, Royle Family star Peter Martin, who performed in both the successful musical and the TV series Emmerdale, died at the age of 82. From 2001 through 2007, the well-known actor played Joe Carroll, the Royles’ neighbor, in ITV’s Emmerdale, alongside stars Ricky Tomlinson and Sue Johnston, as well as Len Reynolds.
In a series of TV commercials for builder’s merchants Jewson in the 1980s, Peter played a perplexed buyer listening to a salesman reel off a list of exotic timbers on offer. He did some tap dancing across some recently laid planks in another iteration. Peter’s family was originally from Hull, but due to the enormous shelling of the docks at the port in December 1941, he was born in Gainsborough, Lincs. Over the years, he has appeared in hundreds of plays, films, and television shows, including Coronation Street and All Creatures Great and Small.
Another film in which he has appeared is Brassed Off, in which he co-starred with Ewan McGregor and Pete Postlethwaite. In 1991, he played the very different role of best man at his son Paul’s wedding. ‘You usually hear about brothers being the finest men,’ Paul, the owner of his Hull Daily Mail hair salon at the time, told the paper. But, being an only child, I believed it would be beneficial to have my father present. ‘I get along really well with him. You can have best friends, but no one will ever be able to compare to your father.’ ‘When he asked who he should pick as best man, I said, ‘your best pal,” Peter explained. ‘Who better to have as a friend than you?’ he wondered. I happily agreed.
Despite his experience, he was scared, according to his wife Carol. In First of Summer Wine, he portrayed the proprietor of a fish and chip business, and in the Beiderbecke Tapes, he played ‘Charlie the moonlighting gravedigger’ opposite James Bolam. He appeared in a number of films, including Chucklevision, Playing the Field, Victoria Wood, and Last of the Summer Wine. In 2007, he co-starred with the late former EastEnders star Leslie Grantham as cockney spiv Pvt Walker in a theatrical rendition of Dad’s Army. Martin starred alongside Stephen Graham and Stephen Tompkinson in the 2018 comedy Walk Like a Panther. The long-running Jewson commercials were resurrected in 2011 when Peter was asked to a workplace party.
‘Today has been a tremendously nostalgic day, and a lot of water has passed under the bridge since we started in 1982,’ he said back then. It’s been an amazing experience, and they’ve taken great care of me.’ Peter was remembered fondly by friends in Barrow-upon-Humber, 16 miles from Hull. ‘My friend, drinking partner, and fishing buddy died on Wednesday morning,’ one of them, Dave Shann, said. Many of you will be familiar with him from television. ‘Rest in peace, Peter Martiny; we had a terrific time,’ he said. On Facebook, Fiona Teesdale shared her condolences, writing, ‘Very sad, enjoyed his company, will be missed.’ ‘RIP Peter,’ remarked Jim Shann. ‘A great, caring spirit.’ Terina Kiss referred to him as a “gentleman with a kind soul.””Pete, may you rest in peace; you will be greatly missed.”