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Friday 26 May 2017

Sharon Boothroyd's Manchester Marvels

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Sadly, we've learnt that the brilliant Ben Price (Nick Tisley) is striding out for the last time over the Corrie cobbles. I hope they don't kill off his character, because in my opinion, he's one of the best actors on the street.

In no particular order, here's a run down of my personal Corrie favourite actors:

JANE DANSON  (Leanne Battersby)

Jane played the rebel teen from a rough tough family with spark and energy. As the years have passed, Leanne's gradually mellowed. Flitting between Peter Barlow and Nick Tilsley, she became a businesswoman, a wife and a mum. Yet Jane has held on the unique energy and spark that makes Leanne a true survivor. Several years ago, I saw Jane on a TV Abba show. She's a fabulous singer too!

RICHARD HAWLEY (Johnny Connor)

Richard is a highly skilled actor with a long list of TV credits to his name. His grumpy, gruff portrayal of Mr Connor senior is simply superb, as he battles with factory girls, clients, family and his health. There's his much younger flighty fiancee, Jenny to deal with too.


Jack's brought a breath of fresh air to one of the street's well- established characters. David's a bit of a misery guts, but soap characters aren't supposed to be happy, are they? (If they are, they're not happy for very long). Jack's expertly taken David through the mill – from single fatherhood, criminal cover ups and evil plans, right through to the loss of bereavement. He's a young, cool dude dad with a wicked wit, yet David is still struggling to find his way in the world. I love his new doggy sidekick who shares his name!

DEBBIE RUSH (Anna Windass)

Anna is a character that a lot of middle- aged woman can relate to. Deeply insecure and suffering from low self esteem, Anna does her utmost to provide for her family, yet sadly, she seems to lurch from one disaster to another. Anna lacks aspiration and has little ambition. A series of low- skilled temporary jobs bear this out – saying this, she's the friendly, welcoming face in Roy's cafe. Debbie is a natural fit for the role of Anna.


Brought in as the daughter of Rita's love interest, Jenny's now a hyped- up bridezilla, but this wasn't always the case. Jenny's experienced a series of complex problems. The character swings from bad to good, to bad again. It's a tough challenge, but Jenny is portrayed amazingly well by Sally.


Connor plays the sadistic, selfish scouser to perfection. Pat has lied, conned folk and even killed. He's a nasty piece of work and Connor doesn't make us doubt it for a single second. Keep up the good work Connor!


Glamorous and pretty, shopaholic Eva can be shallow and vain, yet she's also a good listener and incredibly kind. She values her female friendships, yet is keen to stand by her man. Like most single young woman in love, she longs for a big show- off wedding. I like Eva. I like her silly laugh and I'm on her side. The fact that I've become so involved is testament to Catherine's high level of acting ability.

So that completes my list of my favourite Corrie actors. Which actor is your favourite, and why?

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Anonymous said...

I would say that Mary has become a favorite.
I love her friendship with Tracy and the 'motherly'advice she gives Tracy from time to time,her positive attitude despite her own traumatic past and I hope Mary can counsel Bethany when everything is resolved.
As for Phelan,he's a villainous character who needs to go.
It's galling seeing him on the Street living life happily ever after while being responsible for two deaths and stealing everyone's money.
In the past,a Corrie villain always got their comeeupance but by letting Phelan get away with it,the Street is losing credibility.

Tvor said...

I agree with most of your choices. I would add Simon Gregson as one of my favourites. Even though they write Steve as a buffoon quite often, Simon has brought a lot of talent to the role and when the role gets tough, Simon steps up to the plate. He wasn't much of an actor back in the early years but he's come a long way. I also have to put Sally Dynevor on my top actor list.

Laura said...

Good list, especially Jack P. Shepard. I would also add the actor who plays Tim as well - Joe Duttine? I find his acting very believable and he reminds me of people I know.

Corriegated Cardboard said...

i agree with this list as well - particularly jane danson. i really like leanne, and i can't wait for her to get shot of nick! probably unpopularly, i also think lucy fallon does an excelleny job as bethany; i find her portrayal to be very realistic as a somewhat stroppy but also damaged and deeply troubled teenager.


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