Friday, 28 December 2018

Coronation Street's first black actor dies, age 89

Thomas Baptiste was an actor and singer and he was Coronation Street's first ever black actor. Thomas has passed away at the age of 89 and his obituary is in today's Guardian

In 1963 Baptiste became the first black character in Coronation Street, appearing in several episodes as a bus conductor, Johnny Alexander, who was sacked as a result of a racist altercation with Len Fairclough (Peter Adamson).

He is pictured above in stills from the show with actress Barbara Assoon as his wife in a 1963 episode.

You can read more on Johnny Alexander at Corriepedia 

Our condolences go to Mr Baptiste's family and friends.

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