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List of Coronation Street actors

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Many actors have appeared in Coronation Street who have then gone on to become more notable for other work. Actors and actresses who began or spent part of their career in Coronation Street include:

Regular appearances[edit]

  • Amanda Barrie, who played Alma Halliwell, one-time wife of Mike Baldwin, was an early star of the British series of Carry On films, and appeared in the prison drama Bad Girls.
  • Vicky Binns played Molly Dobbs. She is the daughter of Diggory Compton, and wife of Tyrone Dobbs.
  • Chris Bisson as Vikram Desai, later the star of East Is East and a recurring star in Shameless. He currently plays Jai Sharma in Emmerdale.
  • Craig Charles, star of Red Dwarf and played cab-driver Lloyd Mullaney.
  • Boyzone star Keith Duffy played Ciaran McCarthy, a barman in The Rovers Return.
  • Peter Duncan, who went on to present Blue Peter and become the UK's chief scout, played Christopher Cullen in the mid-1970s.
  • Roy Hudd played Audrey Roberts' close friend - and professional undertaker - Archie Shuttleworth from 2002 to 2003, who assisted Audrey in trying to bring down the Street's serial killer, Richard Hillman.
  • Sue Johnston, best known for her roles as Sheila Grant in Brookside and Barb Royle in The Royle Family, played Mrs. Chadwick in 1982. She returned to the show in 2012 to play regular Gloria Price until 2014.
  • Ben Kingsley, who portrayed Mahatma Gandhi in Richard Attenborough's biographical film Gandhi, appeared from 1966-1967 as Ron Jenkins.
  • Arthur Lowe, who starred as Captain Mainwaring in Dad's Army appeared for several years as Leonard Swindley, taking the character into the spin-off sitcom Pardon The Expression.
  • Helene Palmer, as Ida Clough from 1978 to 1988, and again from 1995 to 1998.[1]
  • Adam Rickitt who had played Nick Tilsley went to New Zealand to star on the soap opera, Shortland Street.
  • Linus Roache, son of William Roache (Ken Barlow) who played Peter Barlow in the early 1970s and went on to star in the film Priest. He returned in 2010 playing the guest role of Lawrence Cunningham.
  • William Russell, regular companion in Doctor Who as Rita Sullivan's second husband Ted Sullivan in 1992.
  • Michael Sheard who played Mr. Bronson in Grange Hill appeared as Arthur Dabner in 1989.
  • Elisabeth Sladen, who went on to genre fame as Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who, played Anita Reynolds in 1970.
  • Debra Stephenson, star of ITV prison drama Bad Girls played Frankie Baldwin from 2004 to 2006.
  • Bradley Walsh, comedian, once half of a comedy duo with Joe Pasquale, played Danny Baldwin, Mike Baldwin's "nephew" who later found out he was his son. Is now famous for presenting popular gameshow, The Chase.
  • Kenneth Cope, best known for playing Marty Hopkirk in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), appeared as Jed Stone, a.k.a. "Sonny Jim", Minnie Caldwell's gaolbird lodger throughout the early 1960s.

Short-term appearances[edit]

  • Novelist Beryl Bainbridge appeared in one 1961 episode playing an anti-nuclear protester.
  • Honor Blackman played Rula Romanoff, an ageing wife-swapper who wanted to swap with Norris and Rita, in 2004.
  • Graham Fellows, the comedian-pop star who created the fictional personae Jilted John and John Shuttleworth, had a cameo role in one episode and later returned as truck driver Les Charlton, a regular at Gail's cafe.
  • Davy Jones of the Monkees made an appearance before he became famous in 1961 (and again in 1972) as Ena Sharples's grandson Colin Lomax.
  • Farnworth comedian Peter Kay played a shopfitter in 1997 and made a cameo appearance over two episodes in January 2004 as Eric Gartside, a man who went on a date with Shelley Unwin.
  • Zöe Lucker, who played Tanya Turner in Footballers' Wives, played Sonia Leach in 1996.
  • Joanna Lumley of Absolutely Fabulous and The New Avengers played Elaine Perkins, a girlfriend of Ken Barlow, in 1973.
  • Bill Maynard, better known as Greengrass on Heartbeat, appeared as song agent Micky Malone when Ena Sharples's songs were being stolen and sold by Stan Ogden.[2]
  • Ian McKellen starred in 10 episodes in 2005 as con-merchant 'novelist' Melvin Hutchwright.
  • Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits played Stanley Fairclough in 1961.[3]
  • Music star Cliff Richard appeared in a scene, but he had his back to the camera. The main characteristics of him in the scene, which was shot in the Rovers, were black hair, and a jumper which had the words 'Rock and Roll' across it.
  • Patricia Routledge, better known as Hyacinth Bucket in the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, appeared in 1961 as Sylvia Snape.
  • Prunella Scales, best known as Sybil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers, played bus conductress Eileen Hughes in 1961.
  • Martin Shaw, who played Doyle in the ITV action series The Professionals, played hippy Robert Croft in 1968.
  • Joanne Whalley, who starred in the acclaimed BBC dramas Edge of Darkness and The Singing Detective before a Hollywood career beckoned, played Pamela Graham in 1974.
  • Norman Wisdom, comedian, played fitness fanatic Ernie Crabbe in one episode in 2004.

Laurence Olivier once offered to take part in a scene on the Street, acting alongside Jean Alexander, whom he admitted was his favourite actress on the programme. However, scheduling conflicts between the Street and the film Marathon Man denied him the chance to act on his favourite TV programme.[4]

References[edit]

  1. Thursby, Keith (2011-01-13). "Corrie star bows out". Bridlington Free Press. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
  2. Nown, Graham ed.(1985). Coronation Street 1960-1985: 25 years, CBC Enterprises, 1986. ISBN 0-88794-231-8 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png. photo with brief description of cameo role p203.
  3. Nown, Graham ed.(1985). Coronation Street 1960-1985: 25 years, CBC Enterprises, 1986. ISBN 0-88794-231-8 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png. photo with brief description of cameo role p209.
  4. William Roache (2010). 50 Years on the Street: My Life with Ken Barlow. Mainstream Publishing. p. 121. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png


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