Legendary 80s comedian Tommy Cannon announces he’s joining Emmerdale

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COMEDIAN Tommy Cannon, 81, has announced he’s joining the cast of Emmerdale.

The 80s star  – best known for being one half of the double act Cannon and Ball – revealed he would be playing a character called Derek in the Dales and said he was “excited” about the role.

 Tommy Cannon has landed a role in Emmerdale


Tommy Cannon has landed a role in EmmerdaleCredit: Rex Features

He tweeted: “Excited to be able to announce that I’m doing a brief stint as ‘Derek’ in  @emmerdale!! Spending some time in the dales #Emmerdale.”

Emmerdale insiders confirmed the news, telling us: “He is joining the show but won’t be on air for a while.

“He’s playing a new character and everyone’s really excited to have him on set.”

The news went down very well with his followers and his famous friend Paddy McGuinness told him: “Congrats pal”

 Tommy shared the news with fans on Twitter


Tommy shared the news with fans on Twitter
 Tommy is famed for being one half of Cannon and Ball


Tommy is famed for being one half of Cannon and BallCredit: Rex Features

Karen Blick, who plays Lydia Hart on the show, replied: “Brilliant news.”

Tommy is best known for his work alongside Bobby Ball on their primetime Saturday night TV show The Cannon and Ball Show, which racked up 20 million viewers.

The show aired from 1979 to 1988 and helped cement the duo as household names.

Since The Cannon and Ball Show was cancelled, Tommy and Bobby have continued to perform comedy together, with cameo appearances in theatre and pantomime, as well as starring in their own sitcom.

In 2005 Tommy and Bobby appeared on I’m A Celebrity and in 2012 they took part in Celebrity Coach trip.

In 2018 the comedy duo signed up to star in Last Laugh in Vegas on ITV.

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