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Adamson is remembered for his portrayal of Len Fairclough from 1961 to 1983 in television’s longest running soap, Coronation Street.
His life and career fell apart following his trial for assaulting two girls in a public swimming pool. Though found not guilty, he was sacked by Granada Television for selling his story for £110,000 to a national newspaper.
Work became difficult to find and a year after his exit from the Street, Adamson’s chronically ill wife died, reigniting alcoholism that he had previously conquered.
As his depression deepened, his drinking increased, he developed osteoarthritis and he had surgery for bowel cancer in 1990. He was forced to sell his homes as his debts increased.
Finally, in 1991 Adamson was made bankrupt with debts of £32,000. The pensioner was left penniless, forced to spend his last years living on benefits in a rundown one-bedroom flat in Welton, Lincolnshire. He was seen shuffling to his local shops in slippers, buying cut-price food to save cash and hoarding away £5 a week towards his funeral.He died alone in hospital with no one at his bedside.
This is a very fine early 1960s vintage black and white photograph (5.5" x 3.5") nicely signed in blue ink as his alter-ego Len Fairclough. In excellent condition.