coronation streets derek griffiths quits the soap after only one year
CORONATION Street star Derek Griffiths has quit the show after just a year on the Cobbles.
The actor, known to millions of soap fans as likeable mechanic Freddie Smith, left the ITV soap to appear in a stage production of Driving Miss Daisy.
Derek Griffiths has quit Coronation Street after just a year appearing on the soap
A source said: “Derek has been a great asset to the soap and has thoroughly enjoyed the filming.
“He’s looking to the future and can’t wait to get stuck in with the play.”
Derek joined Coronation Street in March 2016 as an “unlikely new friend” for Kylie Platt, played by Paula Lane.
He arrived as motorbike enthusiast Freddie Smith in March 2016
Derek shot to fame as a presenter on Play School
He appeared on the show with host Johnny Ball
Motorbike-loving character Freddie arrived following the death of his wife, a client of Kylie’s at the beauty salon.
As a presenter, Derek first shot to fame in Play School alongside Chloe Ashcroft, Johnny Ball and Brian Cant in the Eighties.
He has gone on to appear in West End productions of Beauty and The Beast and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
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When Derek’s casting was announced in December, the actor admitted he was proud to be following in the “hallowed footsteps” of one of his acting heroes.
He said: “I remember being a young boy and watching Violet Carson [who played Ena Sharples] on Coronation Street.
“She was a brilliant character that people loved to hate, and later when I became an actor and played the villain in panto many times those are qualities I would bring to the role.
“When I came for my audition one of the first things I saw was a huge photo of Violet Carson on the wall. I am very much looking forward to walking in those hallowed footsteps.”
Actor Ben Price, who played Nick Tilsley, quit the soap in January
Coronation Street actor Ben Price recently left the show after playing Nick Tilsley for seven years.
He cited wanting to spend more time with his family as one of the reasons he chose to quit.
Speaking to This Morning, he said: “Yes, I’m going to leave. For my family. Yes, that’s why… I live 200 miles away, I see my wife and children on a Saturday and I go back on a Sunday… after seven years.”
“I’ll be making papier mâché volcanoes and reading stories to my kids and taking them to school and then we’ll see.
“I’ve just got to go home… I lose one family and I gain my family back and I think that’s a perfect trade.”
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