Mikey North - things you didn't know about the Coronation Street star

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Mikey North attends the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images) (Image credit: Getty Images)

From learning to drive on national television to releasing singles, there is plenty more to Mikey North who plays cobbles killer Gary Windass...

Mikey North has become a household name thanks to his role as Coronation Street's Gary Windass, who he has been playing since 2008.

Soap fans have watched Gary go from loveable builder to cobbles killer over recent years, and it seems things are only going to get more dramatic for the character.

But apart from bumping off loan sharks on screen, what else is there to know about actor Mikey North?

Most fans of the actor will know that:

  • He won a British Theatre Guide award for his role in West End show 'Bottle Universe'.
  • He's been on All Star Mr and Mrs with wife Rachael.
  • He is a proud dad of two.

Mikey North: little known facts about the actor...

1. Mikey North kept his first child's birth a secret

Mikey and his wife Rachael have got two children, Archie and Eliza - but back in 2016 the couple managed to keep Archie's arrival under wraps for three months. After Archie's dramatic entrance into the world lead to Rachael losing a lot of blood during delivery, the couple decided to keep his birth to themselves while they adjusted to being a family of three.

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2. Mikey North faced his biggest phobia on national television

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Gary on E4 reality series All Star Driving School (Picture: Jon Enoch) (Image credit: Jon Enoch)

Mikey learned to drive at the age of 31, but he didn't do it by halves. He faced his fears on TV show All Star Driving School and admitted that taking his driving test on TV was scarier than filming live episodes of Coronation Street! At the time he told us: "I was absolutely terrified, I had some time off after taking Pat Phelan down on Coronation Street, so I went off to learn to drive. Although the latter was much harder, I can tell you!"

3. Coronation Street isn't the first TV role Mikey had

Before playing cobbles killer Gary Windass, Mikey had roles in TV shows like The Bill, Doctors and Britannia High. Before joining Coronation Street, Mikey's biggest role was in Waterloo Road where he played a character called Helmsley.

4. He only planned to stay on Coronation Street for three years

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Mikey has been in Coronation Street since 2008, but he initially thought he'd only stay for three years (Picture: ITV)

While Mikey might have been on our screens as Gary Windass for more than a decade, he has admitted that when he originally joined the soap he could only see himself staying for three years. He told The Mirror: "As long as you are getting storylines, why would you want to go anywhere else? I'm involved in the biggest storylines and I love who I am working with."

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5. He has released a single 


Back in 2010 Mikey released a single to raise money for ABF The Soldiers Charity... but he didn't sing on the record alone... a whole host of celebrities joined in, including Darren Day. Former Coronation Street and Waterloo Road actress Poppy Jhakra, former Holby City star Ian Aspinall, and series five X Factor finalist, Rachel Hylton also joined Mikey in singing Queen hit 'No One But You (Only The Good Die Young).

6. You might see him on Strictly Come Dancing

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Could we see Mikey on Strictly one day? (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC)

While Mikey has admitted in the past that the one reality TV show the he might consider appearing on is I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, you won't be seeing him on Dancing On Ice any time soon because he's confessed that's his idea of hell. But it seems that we might see him on Strictly Come Dancing one day if his wife, Rachael, has anything to do with it. As a trained dancer herself, Rachael is keen for Mikey to show off his fancy footwork.

7. He doesn't like social media 

While lots of actors connect with their fans via Twitter or Instagram, Mikey has admitted that he's not really a fan. But he still loves getting feedback from viewers. He told us: "I don't go on social media because I can't cope with it, but fans on the street have been great. I thought I'd get a lot of grief (when Gary turned bad) but the reaction to the Rick storyline has been really positive."

Mikey North's Fact File 

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the actor...

How old is he?

Mikey North's age is 33. He was born on 27 September 1986.

Is he in a relationship?

Mikey North married his wide, Rachael Isherwood in 2016.

Does he have kids?

Mikey and Rachael have go two children together called Archie and Eliza.

Where was he born?

Mikey North was born in Cayton, North Yorkshire.

How tall is he?

Mikey North is 1.71 metres tall.

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We work hard to ensure that all information is correct. Facts that change over time, such as age, will be correct, to the best of our knowledge, at the time of the last article update.

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Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.