Antony Cotton (born Antony Dunn; 5 August 1975) is an English actor, best known as Sean Tully in Coronation Street and as Alexander Perry in the original UK version of Queer as Folk. In March 2013, he won Let's Dance for Comic Relief, defeating fellow finalist Jodie Prenger.

Antony Cotton
Greyscale photograph of a blond man with glasses
Cotton in 2006
Antony Dunn

(1975-08-05) 5 August 1975 (age 44)
OccupationActor, Comedian
Years active1998-Present
Parent(s)Enid Dunn (mother)
RelativesAndrew Cotton (brother)

Early and personal lifeEdit

Cotton was born Antony Dunn in Bury, Greater Manchester, the son of actress Enid Dunn.[1] He attended Woodhey High School at Holcombe Brook, Ramsbottom, and the Oldham Theatre Workshop.[2] He has an elder brother, Andrew. Cotton supports the Terrence Higgins Trust and is a patron of the LGF[3] The Albert Kennedy Trust and the 'Queer Up North' festival.

In August 2009, it was reported in Digital Spy that Cotton is "openly gay".[4] In March 2010, it was reported that Cotton had exchanged rings with his partner, Peter Eccleston.[5] In January 2012, footballer Michael Ball was fined by the Football Association for a homophobic rant on Twitter about Cotton.[6]



Cotton currently plays barman and factory worker Sean Tully in Coronation Street, on which he has played since 2003.[7] Cotton played "Alexander" in the original UK version of Queer as Folk. He has also appeared in episodes of Absolutely Fabulous as "Damon". On 13 January 2007, Cotton won the second series of ITV's Soapstar Superstar. He donated his winning money, £200,000, to the Elton John Aids Foundation.

In July 2007, it was announced that Cotton would be fronting his own teatime chat show on ITV. The show, That Antony Cotton Show, was filmed with a live studio audience at Granada Television studios in Manchester, and combined celebrity chat with topical humour. It was first broadcast on Monday 13 August 2007. Following the end of the first series, ITV announced that the show would not return for a second series. He appeared on Family Fortunes on 20 September 2008 winning £10,000 for his chosen charity. In December 2008, he appeared with co-star Suranne Jones on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.[citation needed]

He also took part in the eleventh series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! which began airing on 13 November 2011. He left on 2 December 2011, after 21 days in the jungle, placing fourth. Cotton also starred in an episode of Mad Mad World on ITV1 in Spring 2012. He won first place in a series of Let's Dance for Comic Relief in March 2013.

Cotton was a contestant for the 2018 revamp of Dancing on Ice.


Cotton made his film debut opposite Daniel Craig and Derek Jacobi in the 1998 film Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon.[8] He also appeared in the 1998 film, The Wisdom of Crocodiles.


Cotton has appeared in several shows at the Oldham Coliseum, including The Fifteen Streets and The Hobbit at Manchester's Palace Theatre and Opera House. He appeared in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Middlesbrough Theatre.[citation needed]

Awards and recognitionEdit

In 2005, Cotton won the Most Popular Newcomer category at the National Television Awards for his role in Coronation Street.[9] Cotton won the 2005 Inside Soap Awards for Best Newcomer and Funniest Performance. In 2006, he won the award for Funniest Performance. At the 2007 British Soap Awards, Cotton was awarded the Best Actor award, which was voted for by the public. Also in 2007 he won Best Actor at the Inside Soap Awards.[10]


Year Title Role
1998 Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon Brighton Rent Boy
1998 The Wisdom of Crocodiles Gang Member
Year Title Role Episodes
1998 Stanton Blues Lad in Club "Episode #1.4"
1999 Love in the 21st Century Michael
1999–2000 Queer as Folk Alexander Perry 7 episodes
2000 Rhona Alex "The Happy Jeans"
2000 The Bill Georgie Girl "Old Enemies"
"New Friends"
2001 Absolutely Fabulous Damon "Parallox"
2002 Having It Off Guy La Trousse
2003 Burn It Stephen
2003–present Coronation Street Sean Tully 1388+ episodes
2005 Twisted Tales Sam "Charlie's Angel"
2006–2007 Soapstar Superstar Himself / Contestant 14 episodes
2007 That Antony Cotton Show Himself 25 episodes
The Cops
The Big Breakfast
2011 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Himself
2012 All Star Mr & Mrs Himself / Contestant
2014 Celebrity Juice Ant-Freeze
2016 You're Back in the Room Himself / Guest
2018 Dancing on Ice Contestant


  1. ^ "Mum's the Word for Superstar Antony". Archived from the original on 19 February 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2007.
  2. ^ McLean, Gareth (24 August 2007). "'I'm really proud of what I'm doing'". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  3. ^ Dunning, Joanne (28 August 2008). "Sir Ian McKellen & Antony Cotton say "Enough is Enough!"". Manchester: The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. Retrieved 24 April 2011.[dead link]
  4. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (14 August 2009). "Corrie actor wants more gay characters". Digital Spy. London: Hachette Filipacchi UK. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  5. ^ Allcock, Beth (18 July 2018). "Inside Antony Cotton's 12 year relationship with Corrie co-worker". OK! Magazine. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  6. ^ Michael Ball fined for homophobic Twitter remark-The Guardian
  7. ^ "Corrie's Antony: I'm Just a Lucky Fan". Archived from the original on 11 December 2006. Retrieved 25 February 2007.
  8. ^ "Cotton, Antony – HELLO! Who's Who on British TV". Retrieved 25 February 2007.
  9. ^ "National TV Awards". Archived from the original on 9 February 2007. Retrieved 25 February 2007.
  10. ^ News, Manchester Evening (25 September 2007). "Corrie stars at soap awards". men. Retrieved 4 October 2019.

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Preceded by
Rowland Rivron
Winner of Let's Dance for Comic Relief
Succeeded by
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