ITV Coronation Street: Simon O’Brien’s Real Life – Owned Empire, Lost Soap Fame and where you’ve seen him before

Simon O’Brien made fans talk last month as he returned to the small screen that of Coronation Street newest character. The actor made his ITV soap debut on May 27 as Frank Bardsley.

The character entered the Rovers Return where he chatted to bartender Sean Tully about his experiences in the online dating world while he waited for his next date to show up for a drink. Frank joked about swinging the wrong one on his programs, which means he continues to meet men he’s not really interested in.

So, Sean agreed to help Frank cut his latest date by pretending to be a dissatisfied love interest. But when his date didn’t have any of it, the Underworld machinist commented that Frank had a strange eruption “down there” that soon saw his date.

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Later, Sean tracked down Frank and asked him for an appointment, meaning Corrie viewers are ready to see more of him. And recent spoilers have revealed he has a connection to another Weatherfield resident. Frank will come face-to-face with George Shuttleworth leaving the undertaker terrified because he used to be bullied by him at school.

Simon’s debut in the soap mostly made people talk when they quickly recognized him for his past saprol. The actor, from Garston, Liverpool, played Damon Grant in Channel 4 soap Brookside from its inception in 1982 to 1987. Damon was portrayed as the youngest son of Bobby and Sheila Grant. played by Ricky Tomlinson and Sue Johnston.

Speaking about how he got the role of Damon, Simon told New Sound Generation: “I got a day off from school to go to audition. I only went because it meant I could get out of double math and that’s really the reason why I went. “



Simon O’Brien as Damon and Valerie Blake as Gail in Brookside in 1986

However, he was killed off in York but it happened in style when it was part of a three-part special spin-off series entitled, Damon and Debbie. Long after his role in Brookie, Simon appeared in the British version of Fraggle Rock. Between 1989 and 1990 he portrayed BJ the Lighthouse Keeper in the musical puppet television series.

He also presented the first three series of the children’s quiz show, I Can Do That, which was broadcast on ITV and also co-presented a BBC One show To Buy or Not to Buy. But acting has never been too far-fetched as in 2003, he joined the cast of an iconic school drama, Grange Hill, posing as housekeeper Wally Scott.

But before all that, Simon actually took a break from the acting world and he and business partner Alan Bate, set up the Liverpool Cycle Center, which consisted of a vegetarian café and a bike shop, complete with places to park the durable vehicles.



Simon is great at cycling

Fast forward to 2019 and the 56-year-old has been appointed Li verpool city council first bike champion after exchanging the car for his beloved bike 35 years ago. The idea was for Simon to help deliver the Metro Mayor’s vision for an active travel revolution across all six districts of the Liverpool city area.

Meanwhile, in more recent years, Simon has been on our screens presenting various property-themed programs from hosting To Build or Not to Build to the reality show, My Dream Derelict Home and then Find It, Fix It, Flog It from Channel 4..



Simon also hosts The Great House Giveaway

And now not only Corrie you will see him, because since 2020, he presented the award-winning Bafta The Great House Giveaway with Tayo Oguntonade on Channel 4. But Simon has experience of this kind. The 56-year-old is an experienced landowner who has renovated farms across Europe.

It began when he began renovating houses in his spare time, with the house he had lived in all his adult life being the product of his own work.

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