Derek Griffiths is joining Coronation Street as retired mechanic Freddie, a pensioner who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Kylie following the death of his wife, a beauty client of Kylie's.
Motorbike loving Freddie will ride onto the cobbles in March. Through Kylie he finds new friends and a surrogate community in the Street.
Speaking about joining Coronation Street Derek said:
"I remember being a young boy and watching Violet Carson on Coronation Street. She was a brilliant character that people loved to hate and later when I became an actor and played the villain in panto many times those are qualities I would bring to the role.
"When I came for my audition one of the first things I saw was a huge photo of Violet Carson on the wall. I am very much looking forward to walking in those hallowed footsteps."
Have a look at Derek Griffiths from 1979 in Play School, below. Derek comes in at 3 minutes into the YouTube video.
Deirdre: A Life on Coronation Street - official ITV tribute to a soap icon. Available here.
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