Jake Abraham, best-known for his role inLock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, has died aged 56 after revealing that he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Tributes have been made across X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook for the actor, who has also been dearly remembered for his performances on stage.

Abraham starred in the 1998 heist film – which was Guy Ritchie’s directorial debut – as Dean, with the cast also featuring the likes of Vinnie Jones, Jason Statham and Sting.

David Morrissey wrote in tribute to the late performer: ‘RIP Jake Abraham. Top bloke and wonderful performer. Gone way too soon. RIP,’ while Royal Court Liverpool shared in a post: ‘So sad to hear the news today. One of Liverpool’s best. One of our friends. Sending our condolences and love to Jake’s family and friends. You will be dearly missed by us all.’

Shameless star Tina Malone wrote: ‘I am heartbroken my screen and theatre hubby, my mate of 50 years has passed, talented, funny, kind, a true Liverpool legend RIP my darling Jake Abraham.’

Keddy Sutton, an actress at Liverpool’s Royal Court, penned on Facebook: ‘One of the loveliest wisest funniest humans with a twinkle of magic about him 🌈💛 ⭐️

God bless Jake (Jake Abraham). My sparkly little Evertonian mate, The talented boy from Kenny (Kensington). Always a proper laugh & smile in work & play. Goodnight kid xxx 🙏❤️🙏 pic.twitter.com/bbCLZsooOd

‘Jake Abraham has gone upstairs in the sky to play the drums ,guitar ,be an artist ,sing like a dream and be wonderful just by being him ..I like that we were lucky enough to know this unique human.’

Director Sacha Bennett added: ‘He was a ray of sunshine on set, and more talented than the industry would allow him to be.

‘Famed for Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, audiences know him for that role, but not the wonderful character he had and his smile, that closed his eyes and made you smile with him.’

Having grown up in Kensington, Liverpool, Abraham began his acting career in the 1980s.

Such sad news today. Jake Abraham, one of the city’s best-loved actors, has died aged 56.

Sending love to Jake’s family, friends, and everyone @RoyalCourtLiv, where he took to the stage many times.

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