Tributes have been pouring in for Fair City actor Tom Jordan following the announcement of his death, with the late star hailed as "the heart of Fair City."

It was announced on Saturday that the actor, who was best known for playing Charlie Kelly on the long-running RTÉ soap, had died. He was in his 80s.

Fair City executive producer, Brigie de Courcy, lead the tributes saying it was "devastating news."

"Tom Jordan was the heart of Fair City," she said in a statement.

"He played Charlie Kelly from the very first episode and was a huge part of our plans for the future.

"A consummate actor, and a strong advocate for his colleagues across the industry, he will remain a legend for the viewers and for everyone who had the privilege of working with him. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time."

Tom Jordan and Jim Bartley on Fair City

Jim Bartley, who plays Bella Doyle, said Jordan was "one of the best friends I've had in the business."

"I've known Tom for 40 years, and he was a big part of my life. Myself and Tom shared a dressing room in Fair City for nearly 30 of those years, since 1990 and they were a great 30 years," Bartley said.

"We'd discuss everything from the meaning of life to the profession we work in together over a pint, and he was one of the best friends I've had in the business.

"I'm going to miss him, and his Fair City family will miss him. He was such a steady part of the show, and he gave Charlie such credibility and life. My thoughts are with his wife and family."

Jim Bartley and Tom Jordan

George Mahon, who plays Mondo, remembered Jordan as "an incredible actor and mentor."

Solo: A Star Wars Story and Sing Street actor Ian Kenny, who played Jordan's on-screen grandson TJ Deegan, remembered a "kind, patient and brilliant" man.

"Tom Jordan was nothing but kind, patient and brilliant," Kenny tweeted.

"I began playing his grandson aged 4 and loved every minute of the following ~12 years. He was a teacher, friend and also loved joking around. Devastated to hear he has passed away, I am so thankful to have known him. #RIP"

Kerri-Ann actress Jenny Dixon said it was "an honour" to work with him.

Former Fair City star Clelia Murphy, who played Niamh on the soap, described Jordan as "a true pro" and a "tireless campaigner for actors rights."

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