Johnny Leeze was a television and film star in Britain. In 1985, he was best known for playing Harry Clayton for a few months in the long-running British soap opera Coronation Street, and as Ned Glover from 1994 to 1999 in the British soap opera Emmerdale. In 2000, he appeared again, before leaving shortly after. He was born on 31 December 1941 in York, England, UK.
Leeze died on 25 October 2020, aged 78, of COVID-19.
He was 78 years old.
Leeze’s record of screen appearances dates back to 1982, when, as a bit of a part, he made his TV debut in the sitcom Open All Hours. He has also appeared on three occasions in another British soap opera, Coronation Street, each playing a different role: he played Mr. Slater in one episode in 1982; Harry Clayton in 1985 for 35 episodes, and as Laurie Johnstone in one episode in 2005. In 1983, 1986, 1991, and 2002, he also appeared on four occasions in the long-running sitcom Last of the Summer Wine, each portraying a different character.
Leeze’s other television credits include Juliet Bravo, All Creatures Great and Small, Heartbeat, and Common As Muck, Cracker, featuring in Play for Today.
He starred in 2000 as Inspector Cox in five episodes of The League of Gentlemen, a black comedy series.
He has also appeared in Phoenix Nights, Doctors, Early Doors, The Royal, and most recently in Life on Mars, a 2007 appearance. His only movie appearance was in the film Blow Dry in 2001, in which he had a small role.
Leeze died on 25 October 2020, aged 78, of COVID-19. The daughter of the soap star Johnny shared that he had tested positive for coronavirus the day before he died. She said to Daily Star “Even by his ex-wife, who is with me today, my mum.
“I don’t know what else to say. I’m numb, I just can’t get my head round it at the minute.
“I want to say so much more about him but I just don’t know what to say.”
On social media, his brother Phillip also shared it, “It is with deep regret to inform you all my brother John passed away this morning,”
“He was my friend, he was such a strong, strong man.
“He was such a great guy, a really funny guy.
“He was loved by everybody really.”
Very very sad to hear my old mate and former @emmerdale legend Johnny Leeze past away today. I first worked with him in 1983 and he gave me lots of encouragement and advice. Great entertainer and a cracking bloke #RIPpic.twitter.com/QLswpUoxaN
RIP Johnny Leeze. My flat mate when I arrived in @emmerdale in 1997. Old school and wayward but full of good advice. The funniest stories attached to this fella. Non repeatable here I’m afraid. X pic.twitter.com/JDUzvocsEG