Johnny Briggs (actor)

John Ernest Briggs MBE (5 September 1935 – 28 February 2021)[1] was an English actor.[2] He was known for his role as Mike Baldwin in the soap opera Coronation Street, in which he appeared from 1976 to 2006.

Johnny Briggs
MBE
Born
John Ernest Briggs

(1935-09-05)5 September 1935
Battersea, London, England
Died28 February 2021(2021-02-28) (aged 85)
OccupationActor
Years active1946–2009, 2012
Known forRole of Mike Baldwin in Coronation Street (1976–2006)
Spouse(s)
Caroline Sinclair
(m. 1961; div. 1975)

Christine Allsop
(m. 1977; div. 2006)
[1]
Children6

Early lifeEdit

Briggs was born in Battersea, south-west London, on 5 September 1935. His father was a master carpenter.[1][3][4] He was evacuated from London during the Blitz campaign of World War II.[3] He was awarded a scholarship to train at the Italia Conti Academy stage school when he was 12 years old.[4] There, he learned alongside Millicent Martin, Nanette Newman and Anthony Newley.[5]

CareerEdit

One of Briggs' first acting roles was in Quartet (1948), alongside George Cole. Briggs also worked as a stagehand at the Windmill Theatre,[4] before completing two years of national service with the Royal Tank Regiment in Germany.[3][4]

Upon his return to acting in 1955, Briggs worked in theatre and made his television debut in The Younger Generation with John Thaw.[5] He featured in the police drama No Hiding Place, as well as a few Carry On films.[3] He also had roles in a number of other British shows, including Crossroads, The Saint, The Persuaders! and Thick as Thieves.[6][7]

In 2005 Briggs announced his intention to leave the role of Mike Baldwin in Coronation Street, citing the hectic filming schedule as the main reason for his departure. After appearing in 2,348 episodes, he filmed his final scenes in the show on 13 March 2006 and they were broadcast on 7 April. Briggs' character (who had been ill with Alzheimer's disease for several months) collapsed and died in the arms of Ken Barlow in the street after suffering a heart attack.[8]

Briggs' last theatre appearance was at the Manchester Opera House in the 2007 pantomime in which he played the father of Cinderella alongside former co-star Tina O'Brien.[9]

Despite suggesting he was to retire from acting after leaving Coronation Street, Briggs made appearances in both Agatha Christie's Marple and Holby City in 2007, as well as the short-lived ITV soap opera Echo Beach in 2008.[7][6] In 2009, Briggs appeared in long running daytime soap Doctors. In 2012, he appeared in a Coronation Street sketch to raise money for the charity Text Santa.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Briggs had an apartment in Portishead Quays, Portishead, Somerset and a house in Florida, United States.[11] He was a keen golfer.[2]

In 2006, Briggs received a lifetime achievement award at the British Soap Awards for his thirty years of contribution to the soap.[12] He was awarded the MBE in the 2007 New Year Honours.[3][13][14]

Briggs died on 28 February 2021, at the age of 85, following a long illness.[3] The following day's episode of Coronation Street was dedicated to him.[15]

Selected filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Obituaries, Telegraph (28 February 2021). "Johnny Briggs, actor who played Mike Baldwin in Coronation Street for 30 years – obituary". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b "MBE for former Street star Briggs". BBC News. 30 December 2006.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Coronation Street star Johnny Briggs dies aged 85". BBC News. 28 February 2021. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d Minelle, Bethany (28 February 2021). "Coronation Street: Actor Johnny Briggs who played Mike Baldwin dies after long illness". Sky News. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  5. ^ a b Siddique, Haroon (28 February 2021). "Coronation Street actor Johnny Briggs dies aged 85". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Johnny Briggs". BFI.
  7. ^ a b "Johnny Briggs". www.aveleyman.com.
  8. ^ Ottewell, David (15 February 2007). "Street star Johnny wins an MBE". men.
  9. ^ "Cinderella". www.bbc.co.uk.
  10. ^ Sheldon, Jess (24 September 2018). "Coronation Street cast: Johnny Briggs' daughter Karen jailed for stealing sunglasses". Express.co.uk.
  11. ^ Marshall, Lucy; Smith, Lizzie (28 February 2021). "Coronation Street legend Johnny Briggs who played Mike Baldwin dies". HullLive. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  12. ^ Green, Kris (23 May 2006). "In Pictures: The British Soap Awards 2006". Digital Spy.
  13. ^ "MBE for former Street star Briggs". 30 December 2006. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  14. ^ Ottewell, David (15 February 2007). "Street star Johnny wins an MBE". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  15. ^ "'Coronation Street' Dedicates Episode To Johnny Briggs After His Death". ET Canada. 1 March 2021. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa "Johnny Briggs". British Film Institute. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g "Johnny Briggs". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Johnny Briggs List of Movies and TV Shows". TV Guide. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  19. ^ a b "Johnny Briggs". American Film Institute. Retrieved 28 February 2021.

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