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Patrick Stewart reveals how his forgotten Coronation Street cameo helped his career

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The acting legend once made an appearance on the cobbles...

Coronation Street (opens in new tab) once welcomed the legendary Sir Patrick Stewart, who had a cameo as a fireman.

Appearing on The One Show, the Star Trek actor reflected on his time working on the ITV soap in the sixties.

After introducing their guest, host Rylan Clark-Neal said, "Sir Patrick, we were so shocked. We had no idea that you did a little bit on Corrie!"

Sir Patrick's cameo was in 1967, seven years after the soap's now iconic pilot episode. In it, he played a fireman.

He told viewers, "I was free and up came this little appearance in Coronation Street. Well, I mean does it get any more significant than that? I think not."

Prior to this, he had accepted a three-year contract with The Royal Shakespeare Company, but found himself available between stage productions.

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Sir Patrick's Coronation Street appearance also helped to reassure his parents that he was able to make a career out of acting.

He added, "And more than anything else it made my parents very happy. At last they saw that I might possibly have a career being an actor."

In his episode, he extinguished a fire caused by Dennis Tanner at number 9, making it a memorable moment on the cobbles.

Since then, Sir Patrick Stewart has gone on to become a legendary name in the world of TV and film.

He's most known for playing Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek and its subsequent spin-offs.

And film fans will recognize him as Charles Xavier from the X-Men franchise, and rather harrowing thriller Green Room.

He has a great friendship and working relationship with Sir Ian McKellen, who stars opposite him as Magneto in X-Men.

Coronation Street will temporarily air a reduced schedule of three episodes a week.

Watch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm on ITV. 

Lucy Buglass
Lucy Buglass

Lucy joined the team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

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