Coronation Street legend Johnny Briggs recently passed away after a long illness, but when did Johnny die and what did he die of?
Tonight (Monday March 29th) ITV aired Johnny Briggs: Coronation Street Legend. The half-hour documentary took a look at Johnny’s story on the show with Mike Baldwin.
But who was Johnny Briggs, who did he play in Corrie and what else was he in?
Who is Johnny Briggs and when did he die?
Johnny Ernest Briggs MBE was born on September 5, 1935 in Battersea London.
As a child, Johnny was evacuated during World War II. Shortly after saying goodbye to his mother, he was caught in a lightning bolt.
When he was 12 years old, Johnny became a soprano in the church choir, which helped him to receive a scholarship to the prestigious London stage school Italia Conti.
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A few years later, at the age of 15, Johnny was in Tartare Sauce at the West End with Audrey Hepburn.
In 1961 he married Caroline Sinclair. But the couple divorced in 1975.
He later married Christine Allsop in 1977, but they also divorced in 2006.
Johnny has six children: three daughters Karen, Jennifer and Stefanie and three sons Anthony, Michael and Mark.
Johnny died on February 28, 2021 at the age of 85. How Johnny died was not disclosed, but in a statement his family said he had a “long illness.”
When did Johnny come to Coronation Street?
Johnny played Mike Baldwin from 1976 to 2006.
Mike is the father of Danny Baldwin, Mark Redman and Adam Barlow.
He first performed on October 11, 1976 and opened a factory, Baldwin’s Casuals.
Mike had a number of lovers over the years, but the biggest bombshell was when he had an affair with Dierdre Barlow between 1982 and 1983.
Mike eventually became an archenemy with Deidre’s husband, Ken. Eventually, Deidre and Ken reconciled after the affair.
However, Mike married Ken’s daughter Susan Barlow in 1986, much to Ken’s dismay. The marriage didn’t last long, and Susan left the cobblestones pregnant with Mike’s son Adam Barlow.
After Susan, Mike married Jackie Ingram in 1991 and Alma Halliwell in 1991. He remained married to Alma until 1999.
He then married Linda Sykes in 2000, but they divorced the following year.
In 2005, Mike began to become forgetful and it was later discovered that he had Alzheimer’s disease. In April 2006, he was hospitalized with pneumonia but escaped.
He made it back to the Coronation Street factory where Ken found him. Soon Mike collapsed and had a heart attack.
Ken called an ambulance, but Mike died in Ken’s arms before he got there.
What else was Johnny in?
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Before coming to Coronation Street, Johnny starred in the TV series No Hiding Places from 1962 to 1966. In 1969 he played Kerr in Freewheelers.
From 1971 to 1972 he played Tippy The Tipster in Bright’s Boffins.
Johnny played Clifford Leyton in Crossroads: King Oaks from 1972 to 1974. His role as a television actor was in 2009 when Johnny played John Cotham in an episode of Doctors.
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