Emmerdale star Mark Charnock has paid tribute to his late on-screen son Harry Whittaker on what would have been his 10th birthday.
Harry played baby Leo Dingle in the soap before he passed away at the age of three in 2014 from a chronic lung disease.
Today Mark, who plays Leo’s father Marlon Dingle in Emmerdale, posted on Twitter to commemorate what would have been Harry’s tenth birthday.
Along with a picture of Harry, Mark wrote: ‘On what would have been his 10th birthday, thinking of this little Spider-Man today. Thinking of the joy he brought to everyone he encountered and of his giddy laughter.
Thinking of our prince Harry with love and happy memories. Xxx.’
Harry, who had Down’s syndrome, was the nephew of Doctor Who actress Jodie Whittaker and had filmed his final scenes as Leo just weeks before he passed away almost seven years ago.
His last appearance as Leo aired on July 11, 2014, ten days after Harry died. At the time, an Emmerdale spokesperson said: ‘Very sadly we can confirm Harry Whittaker’s passing. We will all miss him greatly and have offered our sincerest condolences to his family at this very sad time.’
His last appearance as Leo was broadcast on July 11 2014, 10 days after Harry died.
At the time, an ‘Emmerdale’ spokesperson said: “Very sadly we can confirm Harry Whittaker’s passing. We will all miss him greatly and have offered our sincerest condolences to his family at this very sad time.”
The show then paid tribute to Harry at the end of an episode by putting a picture of him at the credits.
Alongside the image, show bosses wrote: ‘For Harry, with love.’
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