Monday, 5 August 2019

Eric Potts reveals secrets of learning lines for Corrie


Eric Potts is the actor who played Diggory Compton in Coronation Street. Since leaving Corrie, Eric has acted in - and written - many stage plays and pantomimes. And now he's a member of the Keswick summer company at Theatre by the Lake.

For someone so busy, Eric is pretty relaxed and is clearly having fun:  He tells News and Star: “I’m working with a lovely bunch of people in a fantastic location. “I ummed and aahed a bit before I said yes to the job – seven months is quite a long time - but it was the right decision. I’m having a lovely time.”

His TV shows range from Heartbeat and Last of the Summer Wine to Emmerdale and Casualty. He also played Mr Moore (briefly suspected of being a serial killer) in Brookside but is probably best known for his two years in Coronation Street playing Diggory Compton, the soap’s love-lorn baker.

“I had a great time. It was just a joy being part of such an iconic show and I never stopped getting a buzz as I walked down the cobbles to get to my little shop,” he says.

“Corrie is a remarkably well-oiled machine. The amount of work that has to be done to turn round the number of episodes they do these days is incredible. It’s done so efficiently but with such good spirit that I found it fun – despite being ready to start filming at 7am.” 

The trick he perfected in Coronation Street was to learn the lines, say them – and then forget them.

See Eric in Dear Uncle which is on until November 2. Visit www.theatrebythelake.com or call 017687 74411

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Glenda Young
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