Sunderland mentioned on Coronation Street in the last few months when Peter Barlow was planning a naughty night away with Carla Connor.
Peter lied to wife
Leanne, saying he had to stay overnight in Sunderland "to see a man about
But it’s not the first time that Sunderland’s been mentioned on
long-gone Sunderland airstrip, were a bit surprised.
But hang on, there are even more connections
between Corrie and Sunderland, with some of the Street’s leading men
being born and bred in the city.
Born in Sunderland, he played Elsie Tanner’s on-screen husband Alan
Howard and in real-life was married to the actress who played Elsie, Pat
Born in Sunderland, he played Rita’s second husband, Ted Sullivan, who
died of a brain tumour. Russell was also one of the four original cast
members of Doctor Who in 1963, starring opposite William Hartnell as the
Doctor for the first two seasons of the legendary series.
Born in Sunderland, he played Eric Firman, owner and head of Firman’s
Freezers. In real life before going to drama school, Malcolm started out
as a reporter on the Sunderland Echo.
Ian, who played Des Barnes’ brother Colin, was born in Jarrow and grew up in Boldon.
But we're not finished yet, there are even more connections between Salford and Sunderland.
Coronation Street spin-off DVD Romanian Holiday was a Corrie
caper set in Transylvania and released in 2009. Both Sunderland football
club and FA Cup winning Sunderland manager Bob Stokoe get a warm and
friendly mention in the DVD so you do start to wonder if Corrie has
recruited some Mackems to the writing team.
Back in 2008, Michael Le Vell, who plays Corrie garage owner Kevin
Webster, also donated one of Kevin’s outfits from the soap to raise
funds for a charity for young, homeless people in Sunderland. The outfit
was auctioned off to raise money for the charity at the Black Bull pub.
And there’s been a recent saucy Street revelation when the tabloids
reported that Coronation Street actor Jimmi Harkishin, who plays corner
shop owner Dev Alahan, had been spotted out on the town in London with
Sunderland porn star Kat Lee.
Meanwhile Bruce Jones, who played Corrie layabout Les Battersby,
swapped the Rovers Return for Agadoo in Vine Place when he opened up his
own Sunderland bar with Black Lace singer Dene Michael.
And Sunderland band The Toy Dolls released a song about Coronation Street’s Miss Sexy Specs herself, Deirde Barlow. The song was called, “Deirdre’s a Slag” and released in 1984.
The song takes a pop at Deirdre Barlow and the blokes in her life – Ray,
Mike and Ken.
Salut! Sunderland for this wonderful snippet about Coronation Street
actor Joe Simpson who was once booed by 47,000 Mackems at Sunderland AFC's Stadium of
Light. Why did Joe deserve all that grief?
The poor fella had only been
invited onto the pitch at half-time in a match against Ipswich in the
2001-2 season, to make the lottery draw. But he was introduced
to the crowd by his Corrie character persona “the evil Alex Swinton”
and the crowd rose to the bait with a chorus of pantomime booing. He
didn’t mind though – Joe is a Sunderland fan and took it all in good fun.
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