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Coronation Street Spider star's life - Joe Duttine link, soap return and love life
Coronation Street icon Geoffrey Nugent, otherwise known as Spider, makes his epic return to the ITV soap tonight (July 1, 2022).The character will also come face to face with former flame Toyah Battersby at a protest in the episode - almost twenty years since Spider actor Martin Hancock left the soap.With Toyah dealing with the deal of Imran Habeeb and Spider's shock return, viewers will be eager to see how their story will develop in upcoming episodes.READ NEXT: Coronation Street Gail star's heartbreaking soap revelation after tragic death of mumAhead of the highly anticipated return, Daily Star takes a look inside Spider star Martin Hancock's life as the character returns to Coronation Street.Although fans fondly remember Martin Hancock, 53, as Spider in Coronation Street, the actor has also had a roles in a few rival soaps.After making his debut in the 1995 short film Milkman, Martin landed his iconic role as Spider from 1997-2003.He later went on to play Reg Lund in the much missed BBC hospital soap Holby City too.Along with roles in popular TV series including The Bill, Endeavour, Doctors, Casualty and The Enfield Haunting, Martin Hancock has not left our screens since departing the cobbles nearly 20 years ago.He also landed a leading role in TV mini series Cradle To Grave in 2015, alongside comedian Peter Kay, before most recently appearing in The Last Faust and In The Long Run.Coronation Street fans were delighted when ITV producers announced that Spider would be making a return to the cobbles.Spider was the nephew of Emily Bishop, who most famously had a relationship with Toyah Battersby - with the couple leaving Weatherfield for London in 2003.While Georgia Taylor returned to Coronation Street as Toyah Battersby
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Corrie’s Drew Spellman star now - music career, Lynx ad fame and real romance
Coronation Street has had its fair share of heartbreak and health battles - and one such came in the loss of Summer Spellman’s adoptive dad Drew.Drew was vicar Billy Mayhew’s ex-boyfriend, who found out he had multiple tumours in his lungs and brain in 2017 - and only had months to live.Drew was desperate to test Todd and Billy’s relationship when he first arrived on the cobbles, and later asked if they’d consider adopting Summer, before he sadly died of heart failure.What ensued was Drew’s homophobic mum fighting for custody of Summer, with Summer eventually allowed to stay with Todd and Billy.But where is Drew actor Tom Godwin now? From his real-life relationship to his music career, Daily Star takes a look.Though he only appeared in nine episodes of Corrie, Tom has had an incredibly eclectic career.Along with acting, he plays guitar in the cover band Painter’s Radio, which “deconstructs classic pop, rock and soul” songs before “putting it back together with big harmonies”.The five-piece band have other day jobs, but have hosted a range of concerts which encourage audience participation.In one throwback snap of the band from 2013, Tom can be seen strumming his acoustic guitar in a baggy beige shirt and jeans while obviously delighting the audience.The star also co-ran a theatre company, before quitting to pursue acting full-time - but before that, he made his name as part of the Illusion Brothers mime act at Edinburgh Festival. Coronation Street isn’t Tom’s only claim to Soapworld fame - he has also appeared in everything from EastEnders to Holby City.
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ITV Watching stars now - huge fortune left in will, co-star romance and career U-turn
EastEnders.The actress already had a successful acting career before Watching however - appearing in Minder alongside the late Dennis Waterman - who she would later star with again in the comedy series Stay Lucky, where she played Pippa O' Connor.As well as roles in Boon and My Wonderful Life, Emma had a long acting career before making a career u-turn, with the actress now reported to be working as a nanny.Emma appears to keep her personal life private, and it is not known if she is married or in a relationship.Paul Bown played birdwatcher Malcolm Stoneway in the sitcom, who was also a dab hand at fixing motorbikes and creating contraptions at home.After Watching ended in 1993, Paul Bown has not left our TV screens - most famously appearing in Coronation Street as Roy Cropper's brother Richard Lucas in 2019.Paul also had another rival soap role as Judge Francis Hume for three episodes of Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.He has also had roles in some of the UK's biggest series including The Green Green Grass, Holby City, My Family, Casualty, Endeavour and most recently Death In Paradise and Belgravia.In his personal life, Paul is married to Jane Jamieson and together they have four children.Liza Tarbuck played Pamela Lynch, Brenda's sister, in Watching - and is it no surprise that she stepped into the limelight as her father is also a famous star.
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Skins' Emily and Katie Fitch stars now - bodybuilder, OnlyFans fortune and hit by truck
Channel 4 programme Skins was must watch viewing in the noughties - but have you ever wondered what happened to the Fitch twins?Emily and Katie Fitch always enjoyed pretending to be one another, and after joining the programme in 2008, they became two of the series' most iconic characters.Over 14 years since they made their TV debut, Emily and Katie actresses Kathryn and Meghan Prescott look completely unrecognisable from their Skins days - and have both taken different career paths too.Here, Daily Star takes a look at where the Skins twins are now.Although the twins enjoyed pretending to be one another on screen, Emily Fitch actress Kathryn has revealed that she and her sister prefer to keep their lives separate.While both have pursued careers in acting since their famous roles in Skins, the twins prefer to act separately and have not starred alongside one another on screen since.Speaking about her sister, Kathryn told The Sun: "It is trying working with Megan because it's very full on."We're not very close twins - we went to separate schools and never wanted to do the twin thing in our careers, but Skins was too good an opportunity to miss."She added: "Now we will definitely go our separate ways again," with both sisters going on to have successful careers in two very different industries.After appearing in programmes including Holby City and Casualty, Katie Fitch actress Meghan has taken a completely different career path, by becoming a bodybuilder.In 2016, the star showcased her transformation in the documentary, Megan Prescott: Dumbbells and Donuts Introduction, which featured her 10 month personal journey as she trained to compete in a UK Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation Bikini-Fitness event.She has since sent
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Porridge actress Patricia Brake dies aged 79 after long cancer battle
cancer’ on Saturday May 28.Her agent Scott Marshall Partners later shared the news, writing in a statement on social media: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our client and well-loved stage and TV actress, Patricia Brake, at the age of 79, after a very long battle with cancer.’Brake had performed in many popular programmes over her 60-year career, including in recurring roles on soaps Coronation Street, Emmerdale and EastEnders.However, she was perhaps best known for playing Ingrid, the daughter of Ronnie Barker’s character Norman Stanley Fletcher in hit sitcom Porridge.She later reprised the role in Going Straight, alongside cast members Richard Beckinsale and Nicholas Lyndhurst.Over the years, Brake worked with world-renowned comedians Barker and Ronnie Corbett, known as The Two Ronnies, along with duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.In the late 1970s she was also seen every Saturday night as Eth in The Glums.Throughout her career other TV roles numbered Midsomer Murders, as well as the BBC’s Doctors, Holby City and Casualty.Her earliest TV credits included Home Tonight in 1961, as well as Lorna Doone in 1963.Her last role saw her took on the part of a rape victim in 2021 ITV drama Manhunt, opposite Martin Clunes.She also appeared in Nick Frost’s paranormal investigator comedy Truth Seekers last year.Liverpool fan disappears in Paris carnage after Champions League finalPutin may ‘already be using body doubles to hide declining health’Queen 'set to miss Epsom Derby' on Jubilee weekendBorn in Bath, Brake studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1962, where she played Hermia in Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, alongside Dame Judi Dench and Dame
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BBC Doctors Heather Craney's forgotten soap roles - EastEnders Ian's ex to 3 Holby jobs
Doctors as Sian Corcoran - but eagle eyed viewers may have spotted that it is not the first time she has appeared in the BBC soap.Infact, Heather Craney has had many forgotton soap roles throughout the years - and Daily Star has taken a look at where you might recognise the actress from.Along with appearing in Line Of Duty as DCI Alice Prior and Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood as Emily Holroyd, Heather has appeared in Doctors no less than five times since 2011.Over a decade ago she made her first appearance as Debs Barraclough in the soap, before returning two years later in 2013 as Nikki Cranson.She later played Flo Cobb in 2016 and Viv Pierce in 2019, before making her recent return to the popular BBC soap earlier this year.However, her most famous soap role was as a potential love interest for Ian Beale in EastEnders, where she played Cheryl Matthews for six episodes in 2011.She helped find a place for Ian's son Bobby at a playgroup, and after mistakenly thinking that Ian's wife Jane Beale was dead, Ian went along with her mistake.Cheryl later kissed Ian on the cheek and offered to spend the night with him, but nearly found out the truth about Jane from Mo Harris in the square the next day.Before the truth could be revealed, Cheryl visited Ian, but he pretended to be ill as he had met another woman called Rebecca - putting an end to their short lived romance.During this time Heather also appeared in over six episodes of popular BBC drama Holby City, before it came to an end in 2022.As well as playing Melissa Finch, Amy Bonner and Judie Richards between 2005-2016, she also had a recurring role as Lucy Weir for three episodes, opposite other huge soap stars including Patsy Kensit.Along with The Bill, Vera Drake and Silent
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