Coronation Street’s Richard Hawley has been on the ITV soap since 2015, and as it looks like things may take a turn for the worse with his character, Brinkwire has looked at the actor’s life
Coronation Street star Richard Hawley has had quite the successful career.
The 66-year-old actor has portrayed Johnny Connor on the ITV soap since 2015 with speculation that his time in Weatherfield may soon come to a tragic end.
The character has had a rough few years in general, being imprisoned for his role in the beating of a security officer during a historic robbery and being diagnosed with Charles Bonnet syndrome during his time inside.
Before his diagnosis, Johnny struggled with hallucinations of his late son Aidan.
But, who is Richard Hawley? And, what does his life look like away from the cobbles?
Richard was born in Bradford and quickly established acting success.
Following his breakout TV acting role in 1988, the actor joined hit crime drama series Prime Suspect in 1991 as DC Richard Hoskons.
He later appeared in The Vet and Channel 5’s Family Affairs from 1999 – 2005.
Before landing his Corrie role, Richard also tried his hand at a number of its rival soap operas.
Richard has appeared in minor roles in soaps including Holby City, The Bill, Casualty and Doctors.
In 2003, he made a splash on the big screen.
Richard’s dad sadly battled Alzheimer’s for 10 years – and in the early stages of the disease, Richard recalled seeing his dad paint pictures with multiple black squares in them.
Speaking at a Memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Society, at the time he said: “When Alzheimer’s started to show, he began to include lots of black squares in his paintings. At the time we didn’t know why, but later we wondered if that was a sign of the disease.”
He added: “There are so many feelings of loss when you lose a parent, but on this walk it became very personal between me and him, and he felt very present to me.”
Richard’s dad died in 2004 at the age of 82.
While he is based in Manchester for a chunk of the week due to work commitments, the actor returns home every weekend to Brighton where he lives with his wife of more than 30 years.
His wife, Helen, is mum to his grown-up twin daughters.
The star said that lockdown was a “humbling” experience for them all and. Brinkwire presents summary news.