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Michael Starke (born 13 November 1957) is a British actor best known for his role as Thomas 'Sinbad' Sweeney which he played for 16 years in the soap opera Brookside (initially credited as Mickey Starke). Starke then appeared in the ITV drama The Royal as Kenneth Hopkirk, as policeman Arthur in the film The 51st State and as himself on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank.[1] He is a patron of Zöe's Place Baby Hospice, a charity for sick babies and young children.

Michael Starke
Born (1957-11-13) 13 November 1957 (age 61)
Years active1982– present

He appeared in the pantomime Cinderella in Southport over Christmas 2005, alongside Stuart Wade from Emmerdale, and in Aladdin during Christmas 2006, along with comedian Syd Little, in York. He also appeared in the play No Holds Bard, alongside Andrew Schofield.

In 2007 he joined the cast of Coronation Street as the head of new family, the Mortons, as Jerry Morton, who owns a kebab shop. He, along with the rest of the Morton family, left the show in September 2008 due to a new producer wanting the show to go in a new direction.

His daughter Hayley Hampson appeared on the ITV show Grease Is the Word and made it onto the live shows; she finished in sixth place. His other daughter Jamie is an actress and appeared in an episode of The Royal.[2]

In recent years, he has starred in many touring productions of West End musicals, including playing the role of Edna Turnblad in the first UK tour of Hairspray and originating the role of Monsignor Howard in the first UK tour of Sister Act the musical.[3] He also made appearances in Anything Goes and Our Day Out.[4]

He appeared in the 2014 Kenneth Branagh directed action thriller film "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit". Later he starred in the soap opera Doctors.[5]

In December 2017 he appeared at the Liverpool Playhouse in the new musical 'The Star'.

In 2018 Michael appeared in Benidorm and in the TV drama ‘Virtues’. He appeared in the Christmas 2018 episode of Casualty in the guest role of Joe Blake.

He is a regular cabaret performer on P&O Britannia and is working on a new musical with his songwriting partner, Joe Wynne, about Everton FC.


  1. ^ Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. 17 June 2001. ITV.
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  3. ^ "Cast". Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-25. Retrieved 2014-09-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (12 March 2014). "Doctors casts former Brookside actors in guest roles". Digital Spy. (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 12 March 2014.

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