Actors are supposed to be gypsies - free to move around taking on different roles like chameleons. That's a real actor for you, that's what they are meant to do.
However poor actors end up in soaps playing themselves until death (or scandal, it seems these days). They know they are well paid for doing the same types of lines, the same types of situations and any talent they may have for other roles diminish.
Anthony Cotton could never play any other role but the one he has in Corrie. It's a fact. He played the same role in Queer As Folk. He knows he onto a good thing and he'll stay until he is fired. Just the way it is.
A soap actor has become a genre over the last two or three decades. I'm sure there are youngsters now who want to be a soap actor - as opposed to a regular actor, doing different parts in theatre and TV - as a lifelong career.
Yes, I think this is the post I'd most agree with. I suppose talented actors like Amanda Burton, Anna Friel, Ricky Tomlinson and Sarah Lancashire just saw the soaps they starred in as a stepping stone but ultimately had that urge to play lots of different parts.
And probably some of the older actors had done their time in fit-ups and rep and playing minor parts in films and just wanted something settled and comfortable.
And then there are the glamorous but not particularly talented actors who would never make it out in the real world of acting.