You’ll never guess what evil Phelan actor Connor McIntyre looked like 16 years ago!

Connor McIntyre as Pat Phelan

It's Phelan the early years! But this time Connor's character was on the right side of the law

What’s On TV were digging through the TV archives when we unearthed an amazing snap of Connor McIntyre, better known as Coronation Street super villain Pat Phelan, in an old ITV show!

Back in 2002, Connor, 57, was on the right side of the law when he appeared in ITV drama The Jury as Derek Batey, one of the jurors who was called into action for a murder trial.

Connor McIntyre in 2002 in The Jury

The Jury featured a host of top names, including Peaky Blinders actress Helen McCrory, Hollywood star Gerard Butler and Last Tango in Halifax's Derek Jacobi.

The drama saw Connor's character intensely debating with his fellow jurors over what the verdict should be.

In one scene, Connor is seen looking very thoughtful in the courtroom – but not in the dock where Pat belongs! – and in front of him you can spot Helen McCroy.

The Jury

The first series of The Jury ran for six episodes. Back in his early acting days Connor also enjoyed parts in Always and Everyone, The Bill and he even popped up in London’s Burning.

Meanwhile, Connor is set to make his final stand as Phelan in next week’s Corrie. It kicks off with Gary Windass kidnapping Phelan and bringing him back to The Street.

“Dragging Phelan back to the Street is a really bad decision on Gary’s part as he should have just told the police that Phelan was sitting in a caravan in Wales,” says Connor. “Back on the Street, Phelan is at his most dangerousBut it seems as though fate has dictated that his story will be resolved where it started, on the cobbles…!”

Coronation Street continues on ITV.

The Jury pic: ITV/REX/Shutterstock


David Hollingsworth

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