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Old 17-05-2013, 17:45
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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.
Forgot about that gimp!

Yes he is a one dimensional in more ways than one, him and dev probably share the same agent.
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Old 17-05-2013, 17:46
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Natalie Cassidy, Helen Flannagan, Tina Obrien

etc may find that they just are not good enough actors to get other parts.
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Old 17-05-2013, 17:56
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Natalie Cassidy, Helen Flannagan, Tina Obrien

etc may find that they just are not good enough actors to get other parts.
Tina has been in waterloo road and call the midwife, the other two ?????????????????

Tina though is not the best actress though, but was impressed with her in call the midwife where she played a gobby chav!
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Old 17-05-2013, 18:15
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I also look forward to seeing the full rage of that classic actress, Chelsee Healey
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Old 17-05-2013, 19:06
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Natalie Cassidy, Helen Flannagan, Tina Obrien

etc may find that they just are not good enough actors to get other parts.
Natalie has moved into reality TV and fitness DVDs and Helen wants to be a WAG and glamma model. The younger generation know that even if they are poor actors (as many are) they can try their luck in these other fields.

I think the older actors just see it as a job. They get up, go to work and probably have a nice life, decent house, financial security, etc. and are content to stick with that.
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Old 21-05-2013, 14:06
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Apart from the job security and steady income, if you have been a high profile character in a soap for many years you effectively become typecast and have little chance of decent TV work if you leave. Most who do leave soaps after a long time seem to end up in regional theatre.
Agree, a lot of younger Soap stars really start to believe they are something special and leave and disappear! Quite honestly in today's Job market, I can understand why an actor would hang on to a part. Reality TV and cuts in production of TV programmes etc makes the situation worse. I believe one of the actors from Corrie who was quite a big star at one time is now working in a Pub!
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Old 21-05-2013, 14:23
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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.
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Old 21-05-2013, 14:43
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maybe because they've warmed to their character and their cast mates and enjoy it to much that ken barlow said he never wanted to do anything else but work on corrie
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