Clive Hornby

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Clive Hornby
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Hornby as Jack Sugden (2007)
Born 20 October 1944 (1944-10-20)
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died 3 July 2008(2008-07-03) (aged 63)
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Cause of death Cancer
Resting place Rawdon Crematorium, West Yorkshire
Occupation Actor
Years active 1975–2008
Spouse(s) Helen Weir (m. 1984; div. 2000)
Children Thomas

Clive Hornby (20 October 1944 – 3 July 2008) was an English actor, known for his part in ITV's Emmerdale Farm as farmer Jack Sugden, and became the longest-serving cast member.[1] He first appeared in Emmerdale Farm on 19 February 1980 in what was originally a three-month contract. During his 28 years on Emmerdale, he became one of the soap's most popular characters.



Hornby appeared in various television productions including the Royal Air Force National Service sitcom Get Some In!, Gerry Anderson's Space: 1999 and Minder alongside George Cole.


During the 1960s, Hornby was a drummer with The Dennisons.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Hornby was married to Helen Weir who played his on-screen wife Pat Sugden. They had a son, Thomas, before divorcing in 2000.


Clive Hornby died from cancer on 3 July 2008, aged 63.[3][4] He had taken a break from the soap to battle a then unnamed illness. It was stated by The Sun that Clive Hornby died of hypoxia, a disease often associated with cancer,[5] in a Bradford Hospice.[dubious ] His funeral took place on 15 July 2008 at Rawdon Crematorium in Leeds.[6]

Jack Sugden was laid to rest onscreen in an episode screened by ITV on 10 February 2009. Jack's dialogue from earlier episodes was used as memories for several of the characters. A vision of Jack made a graveside appearance at the end of the episode, which closed with the original version of the soap's theme.


  1. ^ "Clive Hornby". The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Beatles were just one of over 300 bands in 1960 - The Dennisons". Liverpool Beat. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Clive Hornby has died". ITV. 4 July 2008. Archived from the original on 27 June 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Clive Hornby obituary". The Guardian. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Blackburn, Jen (4 July 2008). "Emmerdale star Clive Hornby has died at the age of 63". The Sun. London. Retrieved 5 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Soap stars mourn Emmerdale actor". BBC News Online. BBC. 15 July 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2008. 

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