YOU’RE FINISHED, BALDWIN
Corrie star Johnny Briggs had died aged 85. A child evacuee during the Blitz, Briggs was trained early as an actor. He had small roles in Sink the Bismarck, The Lavender Hill Mob, and three Carry On films. He was however best known for his long running role as Mike Baldwin, Coronation Street’s love rival and enemy of Ken Barlow. The Mike/Dierdre/Ken triangle won viewers and column inches for three decades, only ending for good when Briggs left the show in 2006, when his character was written out. In a good bit of soap melodrama, Mike Baldwin escaped from the hospital he was receiving palliative care in and wound up dying on the street in the arms of Ken Barlow. Bill Roache is still in Corrie 16 years later after that death, but at 89 this year and currently recovering from covid the jury doubts he’ll repeat that feat in real life. Briggs was picked by three teams including Slippery Soap and The Cobbles to a Coffin.
5 September 1935 – 28 February 2021