Johnny Briggs

Johnny Briggs was born in Battersea, in the south of London on September 5 1935. Johnny won a scholarship to the Italia Conti Stage Academy aged 12 in 1947, his fellow academicians included Anthony Newley & Millicent Martin.

Johnny Briggs was born in Battersea in the south of London on September 5 1935. Johnny won a scholarship to the Italia Conti Stage Academy aged 12 in 1947, his fellow academicians included Anthony Newley, Millicent Martin and Nannette Newman. Johnny Briggs made his professional debut as the boy soprano in The Italian Opera Company in London, he also appeared in the film Quartet with George Cole in 1948.

Johnny's theatre work includes: Sauce Tartar (with Audrey Hepburn), La Boheme, Tosca, Rigoletto, Dial M for Murder, Boeing, Boeing, Wait Until Dark, Doctor in the House, The Kitchen and Parcel Post. In 1953 Johnny served his two years National Service with the Royal Tank Regiment as a gunner and as a driving instructor. Sadly, when Johnny returned to the UK from Germany in 1955 after completing his National Service he learnt that his 15 year old sister Barbara had died from a brain haemorrage.

Johnny Briggs has had a successful career in films, and has worked alongside many of the world's most famous actors. Johnny appears in the 1960 film Dr in Love starring Leslie Phillips, and with Tommy Steele in Light Up the Sky, and Sir Norman Wisdom in The Bulldog Breed. In 1962 Johnny made The Wild and the Willing starring Dirk Bogarde, and in the 1964 film 633 Squadron he is Lt Jones. Numerous other films followed in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Johnny Briggs made his television debut in 1960 in The Younger Generation, a Granada Television drama, with John Thaw and Judy Cornwell. Johnny's other television appearances include: No Hiding Place as Detective Sergeant Russell, The Plane Makers, Department S, Private Eye, Softly Softly, Mogul, The Persuaders, Love Thy Neighbour, Man About the House and in 1975 Johnny worked on the serial Crossroads as Clifford Leyton.

Johnnie's most famous television character is of course Mike Baldwin in Granada Television's Coronation Street. Johnny Briggs made his debut as Mike Baldwin in Granada Television's Coronation Street on October 11 1976, a role he would play for the next 30 years. Mike Baldwin bought a burnt-out warehouse in Coronation Street, and after renovations it became the Baldwin's Casuals factory, he already had a factory in London, which would now be run by an old school friend. Baldwin also bought number 5 Coronation street.

Johnny Briggs has been in showbusiness for the best part of sixty years, he will be 70 this year (2006), and thought it was the right time to retire. For the past few years Johnny, who suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) has spent the first few months of the year in Florida, to escape from the British winters. Johnny found the Alzheimer's storylines in Coronation Street very challenging to play, but was very pleased with the writing and direction, and hopes they did the storyline justice. Johnny plans to take things a bit easier and play lots of golf.