Friday, 16 June 2017

Where are they now? Corrie Icons of the 70s - Johnny Briggs

Here we go with a look back at some of the Coronation Street icons from the 1970s. Let's find out what they've been up to since they left the show.

Johnny Briggs who played Mike Baldwin

Johnny Briggs played Mike Baldwin from 1976 to 2006.

Since leaving Coronation Street, Johnny Briggs has appeared on TV in Agatha Christie's Marple, Holby City, Moving Wallpaper, Echo Beach and Doctors.

He has also appeared in interviews for Corrie TV specials such as Farewell Vera, Coronation Street: 50 Years, 50 Moments, The Corrie Years. He reunited with former co-stars William Roache (Ken Barlow) and Anne Kirkbride (Deirdre Barlow) for the latter's tribute show Deirdre & Me - Forty Years on Coronation Street in 2012. 

That same year Briggs also reprised the role of Mike Baldwin as the ghost of the character for the Text Santa Christmas Charity sketch, which was transmitted on 21st December 2012.

Sadly, Johnny tends to get his name into the papers for the wrong reasons due to the family problems with his daughter and grand-daughter. You can read more on that here.

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Humpty Dumpty said...

You don't get to say it often about soap characters but they'll never be another Mike Baldwin. Johnny Briggs played him with so much depth: he could be ruthless, had several Achilles Heels, was equally fantastic at comedy and pathos. Johnny Briggs was very experienced in film work (don't know about theatre) so I guess that's a big advantage with TV. Had he stayed, Danny Baldwin might have been the modern version of Mike but Adam definitely isn't.

Louby said...

He certainly was unique. Just thinking about it for a minute, so many good storylines come to mind that had Mike in the middle of them, beyond the Deirdre affair. Can anyone remind me please, did Mike get fleeced by Julia Stone on behalf of Greg Kelly?

Maricha said...

Yes, Julia Stone had an affair with him and blackmailed Mike with compromising pictures. It turned out she was in it with Greg for some reason. Maybe Corriepedia has more details.

Maricha said...

I liked Mike Baldwin. The street could use someone like him. It's a pity for Adam that he's the odd man out in his family mostly because of old grudges.

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