Father Ted actor Pat Laffan dies aged 79

Pat Laffan – known best for his role as milkman Pat Mustard in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted – has died aged 79.

His agent confirmed the news with a statement on Thursday, while Father Ted creator Graham Linehan took to Twitter to express his sadness about the news.

He posted: ‘Just heard the sad news that Pat Laffan who played Pat Mustard in Father Ted has died. Rest in peace, Pat, a pleasure to work with you.’

Sad loss: Pat Laffan - known best for his role as milkman Pat Mustard in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted - has died aged 79

Sad loss: Pat Laffan - known best for his role as milkman Pat Mustard in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted - has died aged 79

Sad loss: Pat Laffan – known best for his role as milkman Pat Mustard in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted – has died aged 79

His agent Lisa Richards released a statement, breaking the news.

‘It is with tremendous sadness that we here at the Lisa Richards Agency can confirm Pat Laffan’s passing today,’ she confirmed.

‘Pat was one of the very first clients of the agency but much more than that, he was a close friend, a mentor and a hugely important supporter of the company’s founders Lisa and Richard Cook and for many of the staff of the agency who had the pleasure to represent and work with him over the last almost thirty years.’

‘While Pat is perhaps still best remembered by Irish screen audiences for his portrayal of Mr Burgess in Roddy Doyle’s film The Snapper (1993) and as Pat Mustard the notorious milk man in Father Ted (Channel 4, 1998), he had almost 40 film credits and 30 television credits to his name. 

Rest in peace: His agent confirmed the news with a statement on Thursday [pictured 2012]

Rest in peace: His agent confirmed the news with a statement on Thursday [pictured 2012]

Rest in peace: His agent confirmed the news with a statement on Thursday [pictured 2012]

Father Ted creator Graham Linehan took to Twitter to express his sadness about the news [Pat is pictured with Pauline McLynn as Mrs Doyle in Father Ted, 1998]

Father Ted creator Graham Linehan took to Twitter to express his sadness about the news [Pat is pictured with Pauline McLynn as Mrs Doyle in Father Ted, 1998]

Father Ted creator Graham Linehan took to Twitter to express his sadness about the news [Pat is pictured with Pauline McLynn as Mrs Doyle in Father Ted, 1998]

‘All here will remember him first and foremost as our friend and mentor and we will miss him terribly. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.’

The Irish star was also known for portraying Georgie Burgess in The Snapper, as well as playing parts in TV series Ripper Street and Steve Spielberg’s film adaptation of War Horse. 

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