Coronation Street's Anthony Cotton on his love of Lancashire ... and bingo

Antony Cotton as Sean Tully

Antony Cotton as Sean Tully

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SINCE Sean Tully’s debut appearance in Coronation Street, the lovable character has provided much comic relief for viewers thanks to his-over-the-top, extrovert personality, while being the subject of a number of big storylines.

Antony Cotton, who has played the Street’s first gay character since 2003, has, without a doubt, injected a part of his personality into Sean, and comes across just as funny, feisty and to-the-point in person.

But, unlike his soap persona, who is still in love with his former flame Marcus, Antony is settled and happy in his personal life with Peter Eccleston — a nephew of former Dr Who Christopher Eccleston — and reportedly both exchanged rings to show each other’s commitment in 2010.

Antony, who was born in Edenfield, is a regular on the Manchester celebrity circuit, often seen out with co-stars Catherine Tyldesley, from Walkden, and Kym Marsh.

But, more recently, he travelled a little closer to home for his latest venture, launching the partnership between the Rank Group, which includes Mecca Bigno and Grosvenor Casinos, and charity Carers Trust, which supports carers around the UK. Antony, who looks nowhere near his 38 years, visited Bolton’s Mecca to mark the event by turning into his alter-ego Sean for the evening as a bingo caller.

Antony, a former student at Woodhey High School, Ramsbottom, said: “The thing that has always struck me about bingo is that people think of it as just old ladies playing, but there are loads of young people playing bingo — because, at the end of the day, you can win money.

“My character, Sean, was a bingo caller many years ago in Corrie so I did my rounds of bingo halls at the time and I must admit I do love a game of bingo. Even my friend who is a squaddie on leave found out I was calling the bingo and said, ‘I love bingo can I come and play?’”

Having splashied out on a luxury house on the outskirts of Rochdale with his partner of nine years, Antony is proud of his Northern roots.

He said: “I went to Woodhey High School and my parents are up in Holcombe, so I still visit. Bolton was where we always used to go shopping when we were kids. It was always seen as the posh place to go shopping. I don’t know whether that is still the case.”

Antony has come a long way since his TV debut in 1998 where he played a Brighton rent boy. He has starred in a number of hit TV shows such as Queer as Folk, Absolutely Fabulous and The Bill before gaining the part in the nation’s favourite soap which changed his life.

Along the way he has won a number of awards, including Funniest Character at the Inside Soap Awards in 2006 and Best Actor at the British Soap Awards in 2007. He even won Let’s Dance for Comic Relief in 2012 and went into the jungle on I’m a Celebrity in 2011.

But he is quick to remember his early days.

He said: “I used to be a member of the Bolton Octagon Youth Theatre when I was really little before I started at Oldham Theatre Workshop. But it all started at the Octagon where I developed my love of acting, and I haven’t looked back.”

n Catch Antony on Coronation Street on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV1.

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3:57pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Loving lances says...

This is not news. Several giveaways: there is no
reporter's byline, the story is a load of piffle
about him viditing a bingo club and I seem to recall the same story being punlished verbatim in another local paper. And they dare to charge for this PR waffle.
This is not news. Several giveaways: there is no reporter's byline, the story is a load of piffle about him viditing a bingo club and I seem to recall the same story being punlished verbatim in another local paper. And they dare to charge for this PR waffle. Loving lances
  • Score: 2

4:57pm Sat 15 Mar 14

drunken donut says...

Loveable? It's characters like this that are driving the viewers away, but I forgot we have to embrace this PC piffle.
Loveable? It's characters like this that are driving the viewers away, but I forgot we have to embrace this PC piffle. drunken donut
  • Score: 0

5:09pm Sat 15 Mar 14

juanbbien says...

Loveable character he's pathetic minching up and down basically playing his self talk about money for old rope
Loveable character he's pathetic minching up and down basically playing his self talk about money for old rope juanbbien
  • Score: 0

8:13pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Loving lances says...

The answer is not to watch ITV and not to buy local Lancashire papers. That way they will soon be out of business.
The answer is not to watch ITV and not to buy local Lancashire papers. That way they will soon be out of business. Loving lances
  • Score: 2

10:26pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Chuck-Norris says...

Who gives a sheet?
Who gives a sheet? Chuck-Norris
  • Score: 1

10:34pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Loving lances says...

Some fans think that Corrie is like real life. Oh yes, a typical terraced street in Salford with three gay guys in one of the houses, plus two or three gay teenage girls. What a lot of nonsense.It's almost enough to make you go out to bingo!!
Some fans think that Corrie is like real life. Oh yes, a typical terraced street in Salford with three gay guys in one of the houses, plus two or three gay teenage girls. What a lot of nonsense.It's almost enough to make you go out to bingo!! Loving lances
  • Score: 3

9:22am Sun 16 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

drunken donut wrote:
Loveable? It's characters like this that are driving the viewers away, but I forgot we have to embrace this PC piffle.
A good old bit of homophobia there donut?
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: Loveable? It's characters like this that are driving the viewers away, but I forgot we have to embrace this PC piffle.[/p][/quote]A good old bit of homophobia there donut? Steven Seagull
  • Score: 2

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