Coronation Street star Jodie Prenger has paid a loving tribute to Paul O’Grady, following his unexpected death on March 28, with a sweet gesture.
The actress, who plays Glenda Shuttleworth in the ITV soap took to Instagram to honour the TV, radio and stage star, who rose to fame at the start of his career as iconic drag persona Lily Savage.
Alongside a picture of Paul, Jodie wrote a touching caption that encapsulated his kindness, humour and warmth.
‘I just don’t want this to be true,’ she said. ‘The world needs to be filled with Paul’s.
‘Imagine the laughter, imagine all the animals that would find their forever homes. Imagine that you have dear friend that personifies such supporting love and gloriously sharpe comical repartee?
‘Him and the beautiful Malcolm Prince have allowed me to experience that first hand. I’ll never be able to thank you enough and bloody hell I’ll miss you Paul. Give Buster a treat from me. Thinking of all his family and friends.’
She ended the post with a series of love heart emojis.
The following day, Jodie, who took the West End by storm after winning BBC talent show I’d Do Anything in 2008, once again turned to Instagram to share a tribute to Paul.
The actress revealed that she had adopted a rescue puppy, which, in tribute to Paul, she had named Lily.
‘Well Paul, this is for you kidda.’ She wrote, next to a photo of her new four-legged friend.
‘We picked up this little angel on Sunday. I’ve spoke to the amazing charity Silver Fox Dog Rescue and we will be renaming her Lily. May Pauls dedication to loving and rehoming animals live on forever.’
Fellow Coronation Street star Georgia Taylor, who has played Toyah Battersby since 1997, left a comment saying: ‘This is beautiful’, followed by a love heart, while former Emmerdale and Hollyoaks actress Natalie Anderson greeted the pup by adding ‘Hello Lily!’
In recent years, Paul has been seen hosting the ITV series For the Love of Dogs, during which he would show viewers what life is like inside Battersea Dog’s Home.
Jodie’s new pet will surely act as a touching tribute to a performer with such a love of animals as Paul.
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