Tributes paid to Lisburn actor BJ Hogg who has died aged 65

He was best known for his role as Big Mervyn in the BBC Northern Ireland comedy series Give My Head Peace.
Tributes paid to Lisburn actor BJ Hogg who has died aged 65
Marty Reid, BJ Hogg, Michael McDowell and Alexandra Ford in Give My Head Peace

Tributes have been paid to Lisburn-born actor BJ Hogg after his death aged 65.

He was best known for his role as Big Mervyn in the BBC Northern Ireland comedy series Give My Head Peace.

The performer also appeared in episodes of The Fall and Game Of Thrones, playing the role of Addam Marbrand.

The comedy team behind Give My Head Peace, the Hole in the Wall gang, said: “BJ is part of the Give My Head Peace family.

“He was a fine actor, great colleague and a true friend. Our thoughts are with his wife Elish, son Nathan and daughter Abigail at this time.”

An online biography of the actor said he was born in April 1955.

He had travelled the world as an actor, writer and director and was a classically-trained musician who toured with Big Bands.

He performed at Belfast’s Lyric theatre and international venues in Russia and elsewhere.

Peter Johnston, director of BBC NI, said: “BJ was a great comedy talent and a much-loved character in our long-running sitcom, Give My Head Peace.

“Many people will also remember his performance in the Oscar-nominated Dance Lexie Dance.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad and difficult time.”

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