Stars from the soap world are paying tribute to Oldham Theater Workshop founder David Johnson after he passed away aged 60
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Some of the UK’s biggest soap stars have paid tribute to David Johnson following the sudden death of the theater’s founder.
Johnson, who is said to have started many careers over the years, tragically passed away on May 4, at the age of 60, but the cause of death has not been revealed.
He was branded a “star producer” after founding the Oldham Theater in 1968. In 2019, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire.
Since the news of his death, fans from some of the UK’s top soap operas have flocked to pay their respects to the person they praise for helping launch their careers.
Among those emotional comments was Antony Cotton of Coronation Street, who wrote on Twitter: “Just heard the saddest news. David Johnson, director of the phenomenal Oldham Theater Workshop, has passed away.
‘He’s put a lot of us on the map, and started so many careers, both on and off the stage. A lot of us owe him a lot. I am completely heartbroken. ‘
He continued: ‘He shaped my childhood very deeply, and in turn – my adult life too.
“Those years were the best years of my life. Rest in Power David. You are the best x”
Cotton went on to share a statement from co-star Alison King, who plays Carla Connor in the series and has no social media background.
It reads: “David Johnson. RIP.. my absolute hero! The creator of everything for me and where I am today, my mentor, mine 27 years ago, all these years. taught me things about myself that I never knew, but have carried with me to this day.
“You are the strictest person and the best person I have ever known. You are intuitive, and insightful, who has allowed me and so many others I love and adore to work with over the years. , the chance to shine.”
“You are the sharpest human being, the most creatively aware of others, and how to teach them to express that, I’ve ever known. Thank you very much.”
And longtime Corrie star Samia Longchambon, known for playing Maria, said: “What a sad news. The end of an era. He really is the best xxx.”
A statement from a Coronation Street spokesperson was also released, which reads: “Everyone at Coronation Street is deeply saddened to hear of David Johnson’s passing. He was truly an outstanding man and a great person. an amazing teacher.
“He started the career of actors who walked on cobblestones. Coronation Street owes him a huge debt of gratitude. His legacy will live on in the hearts of all those who have passed. talented actor who has learned a lot from him over the past 5 decades.”
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Other stars paid their respects as well, with Emmerdale’s Kelvin Fletcher writing: “Being single has had the biggest impact on my career and arguably the reason behind my career.
“I know I speak for a lot of people. Thank you David Johnson. What a legacy.”
Former Emmerdale star Lisa Riley, who plays popular character Mandy Dingle, also shared a similar message. She said: “REST IN PEACE for all of us who have been taught by David Johnson, today is a very sad day.
“I know I speak on behalf of many of my co-stars in the industry, we wouldn’t be where we are today without one man’s LEGEND.
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“I owe you so much David… ..you know how much I’ve loved you.”
Other stars David is said to have helped develop include Anna Friel and Suranne Jones.
Oldham Theater Workshop also released a heartfelt statement, which read: “We learned yesterday that Oldham Theater Workshop founder and original Art Director David Johnson has passed away.
“Since it first opened in 1968, thousands of young people have visited and found friendship, purpose and inspiration.
“Today, we pause to think about the significant and continuing impact David’s work has had.”
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/antony-cotton-kelvin-fletcher-lead-26887890 Antony Cotton and Kelvin Fletcher pay tribute to the leader after the death of theater founder David Johnson