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Happy Valley star George Costigan’s big break in Yorkshire classic Rita, Sue and Bob Too

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Happy Valley star George Costigan has starred in another Yorkshire-set classic alongside a co-star years before he began playing Nevison Gallagher.

George, 75, debuted in the BBC series when it started back in 2014, playing the terrified dad whose daughter was abducted. He has reprised his role for the third series alongside the rest of the original cast.

But George has had an extensive career in TV and film outside of Happy Valley. And that careers the title role of Bob in Yorkshire classic Rita, Sue and Bob Too back in 1987.

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George was born in Hampshire in 1947, but grew up in Salford, Greater Manchester. His acting career started with in the seventies, with him joining the Liverpool Everyman Company in 1974.

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Things really kicked off in the eighties with roles in the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, ITV show Connie, and several mini-series. And in 1987, he worked with future Happy Valley co-star Siobhan Finneran on Rita, Sue and Bob Too.

The film was about two teenage Bradford schoolgirls who each have a fling with a married man – Bob. Like Happy Valley, it was filmed in and around West Yorkshire.

The Guardian called the film’s cast ‘excellent’ at the time.

After Rita, Sue and Bob Too, George appeared in many popular TV shows, including Doctor Who, Casualty, The Bill, and Holby City. He also appeared in Yorkshire show A Touch of Frost.

Post Happy-Valley, police show fans will likely also remember him from Line Of Duty. He played Patrick Fairbank in season three, the former Chief Superintendent who was discovered to heave participated in the sexual abuse of young boys.

He has also starred in Gentleman Jack. George has appeared in many plays and productions around Merseyside.

Outside of acting work, he has written an episode of Birds Of A Feather with his partner Julia North. The two have three sons together, two of which were born in Liverpool, and he is a supporter of Everton FC.

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