Inquest: Peaky Blinders actor died alone hours after leaving hospital

Peaky Blinders and Emmerdale actor Toby Kirkup, 48, was sent home from hospital and died alone – hours after he was admitted with chest pains and tingling in his arms but was told he had gastritis, inquest hears

  • The actor visited Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on August 29 with chest pains
  • He was sent home to Linthwaite, West Yorkshire, with a diagnosis of gastritis
  • But he died alone hours later, the inquest at Bradford Coroner’s Court heard
  • His family have concerns about his medical treatment and requested the inquest

An actor who appeared in Peaky Blinders and Emmerdale died alone hours after being sent home from hospital complaining of chest pains, an inquest has heard. 

Toby Kirkup was admitted to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on August 29 but was diagnosed with gastritis, then discharged home on the same day.

The 48-year-old had reported feeling a tingling sensation in his arms and experiencing chest pains. 

Doctors at the West Yorkshire hospital diagnosed Mr Kirkip with gastritis, an inflammation in the stomach lining, and he was discharged. 

But when he returned home to Titanic Mills in Linthwaite his condition deteriorated, the inquest at Bradford Coroner’s Court heard.

Toby Kirkup, 48, was admitted to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on August 29 but was discharged and sent home on the same day where he later died

He began vomiting and suffered a cardiac arrest, with the post mortem concluding that he had died of natural causes. 

 Mr Kirkup appeared as a police sergeant in Peaky Blinders and also had a role in ITV’s soap opera Emmerdale

But the actor had previously suffered drug and alcohol issues, coroners officer Catherine Toner told assistant coroner, Katy Dickinson, at the hearing. 

His family also had concerns about his medical treatment and requested a coroner examine his death.  

The hearing has been adjourned until September 30, reports Yorkshire Live. 

Mr Kirkup appeared as a police sergeant in Peaky Blinders, which finished filming its sixth and final season in May. 

Filming in January after the show was forced to shut down set last March due to the coronavirus crisis. 

As well as his role in the BBC hit, Mr Kurkup also appeared in ITV’s soap opera Emmerdale.

His previous performances also include a number of Shakesperean roles for a Manchester-based theatre, while his credits also include an appearance on Channel 4’s The Mill. 

HIs classical roles include parts in productions of Richard III and Henry V for Manchester’s Ragged School Drama. 

Paying tribute to the actor, friends and family described him as ‘always lovely to speak to’, according to Yorkshire Live

He studied drama at the University of Huddersfield and worked as a writer, stagehand, TV presenter and actor. He was also a keen skiier. 

Mr Kirkup also had hopes of starting a masters degree in creative writing at Leeds University.  

Paying tribute to the actor, friends and family described him as ‘always lovely to speak to’.

Another said he was ‘always pleasant, polite and friendly’. 

His brother Dominic who runs a hotel in Torquay and who used to manage The Butcher’s Arms in Hepworth declined to comment after the hearing. 

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