I came back to Yorkshire for fish and chips

THERE'S no place like home as far as former professional rugby league star Adam Fogerty is concerned.

The 38-year-old has just spent his first New Year for a while in the cold and rain. But he's not complaining. In fact, one of his New Year resolutions is never to leave his Yorkshire roots again. Unless Hollywood directors come calling, that is.

Halifax-born Adam, who played for Halifax and St Helens, moved to Spain with his partner, Deborah, four years ago.

The couple, who have a two-year-old son, Harry, say life in the Spanish sun is not all it's cracked up to be. Last year, after a spell in America, they settled back in England where, between acting roles, Adam runs a fish and chip shop in Linthwaite, Huddersfield.

It was his huge build – he's 6ft 4in and over 18 stone – which helped him land a host of parts as a tough guy on the big screen. His first break in the film world came in 1991 with a part in the smash hit, The Power Of One. He was approached to fill the role of a boxer after talent-spotters failed to choose anyone from an audition at the Royal Albert Hall. It was a relatively easy transition for Adam, himself a former heavyweight boxer ranked number three in England and five in Europe.

After that the job offers flooded in and he went on to star in a number of other films along with TV shows Heartbeat, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, The Bill and The Steve Coogan Show.

He's played alongside some of the biggest names in the industry, including Vinnie Jones, – now a close friend – Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Michael Caine, Ewan McGregor and recently Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Films include Snatch, Ultimate Force, Mean Machine, Greenfingers, Brassed Off, Little Voice, Shooting Fish and Stardust.

He's just finished filming for Irish horror-film Bog Body, out next year, and this month films a gangster role for TV drama Casualty.

"I always get the hard-man roles but I don't mind flexing my muscles and getting paid for it. It beats peeling spuds," says Adam, who used to own a fish and chip shop in Brackenbed, Pellon, Halifax, before moving to Spain.

He co-owns his Hudders-field shop, Harry Heywoods, with award-winning fryer Ian Kioch, who was his fryer in Pellon. It's named after his son and his middle name Heywood, which has been passed down through generations of his family.

He's always been close to his parents, Terry and Cheryl Fogerty, and his older brother Jason, who all live in Halifax, and says they were one of the reasons he returned to England. Dad Terry played rugby league for Halifax and Great Britain in the 1960s.

"I was fed up in Spain, it got boring after a while. It's not like home and you do miss your family and friends, not to mention good old Yorkshire food like fish and chips," says Adam who still retained his Halifax-based agents, Northern Lights, and did several film roles while living in the sun.

He recently starred alongside Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer in fantasy thriller Stardust and then spent some months in the United States where he stayed with former English professional footballer Vinnie Jones, who now lives in LA. Adam met Vinnie when the two starred in gangster film Snatch, and then prison movie Greenfingers and have remained close.

They even talked about going into business together – running a chain of fish and chip shops in this country, with the first opening in Halifax. "We would make quite a formidable pair, and I doubt there would have been any complaints about the food. But we decided against it because Vinnie is based in LA and wouldn't have been able to muck in," says Adam whose other resolution is to stay off the fish and chips and get back into shape at the gym.