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Tributes to actor and comedic icon Gene Wilder

Hollywood is paying tribute to much-loved comedy genius Gene Wilder who passed away yesterday, aged 83.

The star will be fondly remembered for his unforgettable roles in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and films directed by Mel Brooks, including Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.

Brooks led a flurry of tributes to the star, hailing him as 'one of the truly great talents of our time'.

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Samantha Giles: I can't believe Kelvin has gone

It doesn't feel the same. It feels like he's been on an extended holiday.

– Samantha Giles

Emmerdale star Samantha Giles, who plays Bernice Blackstock, reveals the Dales are a very different place without Kelvin Fletcher, who left the soap after twenty years this month.

Fan's saw tearful scenes between the pair as former flame Andy said goodbye after deciding to go on the run from the police.

He had been framed for a murder he didn't commit by Bernice's step-daughter Chrissie who was in a relationship with Andy but found out he had recently slept with Bernice again.

Of his decision to leave, he said: "I think it is very brave. But he's still young. Fingers crossed he still will do very well."

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X Factor's Christian: 'When Nicole cried, I cried'

It still doesn't feel real. When you put everything on the line you get scared about how it's going to go. It meant a lot to me.

– Christian Burrows on

He was the stand-out contestant when X Factor kicked off on Saturday and Christian Burrows paid us a visit to talk about his emotional performance which reduced the judges to tears.

The 19-year-old performed his own track entitled Thunder Buddy - a dedication to brother who died when he was just two months old.

Prior to the audition Christian had only performed the song in front of his mother so he said he couldn't hold the tears in any longer when he saw Nicole well up.

'I still miss Ashley Peacock'

It's been six years since Steven Arnold left Coronation Street, but the actor admits he still misses his much-loved character Ashley Peacock.

The actor played the loveable butcher's son for 15 years until he perished in a tram crash inferno in 2010.

Steven is set to take centre stage in new play Broken Strings, but he admits he'll always think fondly of his long-term character.

''I'll always have a special place in my heart because I played him for so long,'' Steven said.