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Roy Boyd dies aged 85

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The Crossroads and Emmerdale regular passed away in April

The actor also appeared in New Tricks, The Wicker Man and Doctor Who.

Posting a tribute on the Crossroads Fan Club’s social media, Angela Webb – who played troubled Iris Scott in Crossroads said, “Lovely Roy, gone but never forgottenAngela also posted the order of service from Roy’s funeral which was held last month.

His longest-running TV role was that of Eddie Lee, in the Kings Oak based saga, Crossroads. Brother of Victor (Victor Winding) both siblings vied for the attention of sultry Sharon Metcalfe (Carolyn Jones). Boyd first appeared as Eddie in 1980 and remained as a semi-regular making several stint appearances up until 1983. The character was portrayed as a cockey sort, confident and keen to get his own way.

Eddie was, of course, of a dubious background and his introduction story saw him on the run having been accused of a murder he hadn’t committed. Victor his brother ran the Go-Col owned Crossroads Garage which led Eddie to Kings Oak and the motel.

Roy Boyd as Eddie and Carolyn Jones as Sharon in CROSSROADS 1983 / Central Television

Ronald Magill as Amos Brearly and Roy Boyd as Dryden Hogben in EMMERDALE FARM, 1974 / Yorkshire Television

The Central Television synopsis for Eddie notes “The younger brother of Victor Lee, craggy-faced Eddie has spent most of his life dabbling in crime. Mostly petty theft.” Eddie was given a job at the garage as a mechanic while he hoped the police would find the real murderer. Ever keen to help a fallen fella author Barbara Brady (Sue Lloyd) let Eddie stay at The Coach House with her in Woodbury, even championing his innocence by offering to write a book about the case – until finally his innocence was confirmed and his first stint in the saga was competed.

Other roles included Broome in 1973’s The Wicker Man, Driscoll in the 1976 story ‘The Hand of Fear’ in Doctor Who and a long stint in Emmerdale Farm as Dryden Hogben in 1974. Other appearances include shows such as Minder, Coronation Street, Secret Army, The Sweeney and more recently New Tricks.

Roy James Boyd was born on the 18th of August 1938 in Croydon, Surrey. He passed away aged 85 on April 27th 2024. His funeral was held at North East Surrey Crematorium on May 22nd. Roy was married to Fatma Zohra Sadou, they have three children.

In other Crossroads news, Carol Royle who played Diane Lawrence the lover of Patrick Russell (Neil McCaul) in 2001 episodes of the motel set saga is joining Coronation Street. Over in Weatherfield Carol will portray Anthea Deering the mother of Joel (Calum Lil).

The brothers Lee: Victor (Victor Winding) and Eddie (Roy Boyd) in CROSSROADS, 1980 / ATV

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