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Alan Igbon Actor

BORN MAY 29, 1952 – DIED DECEMBER 9, 2020, AGED 68


ALAN Igbon played two characters in Coronation Street but will be best remembered for playing “Loggo” Logmond in Alan Bleasdale’s powerful political drama, Boys From The Blackstuff.

Light-fingered Loggo often had to calm and even physically restrain the central character Yosser Hughes, played by Bernard Hill, who used the phrase “gissa job” in his desperate attempts to find work.

Igbon went on to play Teddy, a minder, in another Bleasdale epic, GBH.

Igbon’s mother Mary was Irish and his father Lawrence was Nigerian. He grew up in Manchester’s Hulme district, where his dad was a postmaster.

Igbon once revealed that growing up in tough circles in Manchester had given him the foundation for a convincing performanc­e. “Kids I grew up with became gangsters, thieves, pimps, pushers and druggies but the guns made life cheap,” he told an interviewe­r.

To keep himself out of trouble he took up boxing and excelled with more than 60 fights as a welterweig­ht.

His speed in the ring proved useful when he had to act tough on camera. He was once described as being a “mesmerical, dangerous performer”.

Igbon’s big break came in 1979 when he starred in television film Scum, where he played prisoner Meakin.

In Corrie he played an army friend of Bet Lynch’s son, Steve Baker, in 1975, returning in 2003 to play Jason Grimshaw’s estranged dad Tony Stewart.

In the 1980s he won acclaim for his portrayal of a Rastafaria­n called Sheldon in the sitcom The Front Line and also starred in Brookside and Auf Wiedersehe­n, Pet.

He is survived by partner Samyah Moylan, their son Max, and his brother Larry.

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