In his first ever interviews, he spoke exclusively to AndyGibsonTV.com regarding his time on the famous cobbles.
Steven Gidwaney: And yours, mate. Better than speaking on bloody Twitter, innit.
AG: What did ITV have you do in the audition?
SG: In the audition it was a case of I went into the room with the Casting Director and the Director. We had a laugh about Netflix for 5 or 10 minutes then we did a read (of the script) and then I left.
AG: You didn't do any live-action stuff?
SG: No, no, no, no.
AG: As a new, up-and-coming actor, what's the process of getting into Coronation Street, did you go to the gates or what's the deal there? It must be a bit scary.
SG: Yeah, you go to the studios on Trafford Wharf. You go to the gate, there's security on the gate, who asks your name and what you're there for and stuff like that. They'll then see if your name is on the list and then decide if you'll be given a pass or not. Then you'll hopefully see the sign saying "The Tony Warren Building".
AG: So, when you got in, who did they get you working with?
SG: When I was doing the actual episode?
SG: It was Jack. P. Shepherd/David Platt.
SG: Yeah, it was a lot of fun. He's a good lad.
AG: I've met him once, he's a legend.
SG: Yeah, he really is a top lad. He looked after me in my two days there and I'm really appreciative of that.
AG: Did you see anybody else?
SG: Yeah, it was a bit weird for me, because... It was me - obviously I'm not giving too much away. In the scene I'm involved in there's a gang of about five of us and the other four, for whatever reason, were taken care of different areas of the building. As for me, they took me into make-up, make-up said "you don't need nothing because you already look like the person we need you for" which I'm not sure if that was a compliment or not...
SG: If you see the role then you'll understand what I mean. Basically, just to put context to it, I attempt to mug David Platt.
AG: You attempt to mug David Platt?
SG: So, she (make-up) basically said "because you already look like a mugger". I thought that's fair enough - gets me work - I'm happy with that.
AG: To be fair they do have a point...
SG: Yeah... *laughs profusely*... I blame me mother... *laughs*
SG: Anyway, I went to costume for fitting and then they said "go upstairs and sit in the Green Room". I got in there, made m'self a coffee and all that and popped me head up because I see someone walking past and it was Steve McDonald, then I thought "right, okay, stay calm, don't get too star struck, then Michael Le Vell/Kevin Webster was there and a few others. That was on the first day, so I'll be honest, I was silent I was sat in the corner (nervously) thinking 'I don't belong here'. I'm just waiting for me call and I'm going but the next day, I seen Simon (Steve McDonald) again, and we end up having a bit of a chat with him. I seen Kate Ford (portrays Tracy McDonald), Sally Ann Matthews (portrays Jenny Connor), Alison King (portrays Carla Connor), David Neilson (portrays Roy Cropper), yeah I seen a fair few of them. They're a good bunch of people.
AG: Kate Ford and Alison King have a huge fandom on Twitter, can you tell us anything more about them?
SG: To be honest, I didn't get a chance to speak to them, it was more of a "hi, what are you here playing?" kind of thing. Obviously it was the first time I've been there working so I was a bit nervous to, like, speak to them and stuff like that. It was on the second day I seen Kate Ford and all that I was only in the Green Room for about 5 or 10 minutes until Jack came in then we got the call saying we're going (on set).
AG: The whole cast, crew and everybody there; people keep saying they're so welcoming and stuff...
SG: Oh they are...
AG: ...they look after you - is that actually true?
SG: Oh, yeah. Massively true! The people I fondly remember for looking after me were Matt Hilton the director and I can't remember her name - I'm gutted I can't remember her name - they were really good with me in regards to telling me exactly what they wanted and keeping me in-the-loop with stuff like that. Jack, I felt kind of took me under his wing when I was speaking to him. The main people, and I'll be honest, who really looked after me was the make-up team and the costume. They stay on-set and they've got, like, the big warm coats and stuff like that.
AG: So, they treated you like one of the team?
SG: Yeah, definitely. I genuinely felt like part of the team.
AG: Tell us more about your character, does he have a name?
SG: I don't, I'm just called "Mugger". I'm just called "Mugger" but it's still going to have my name on the credits, so I don't care.
AG: Hey, it's a start.
SG: It is. It's the first TV credit *and I've been working for 5 years to get that so I'm happy with that.
AG: The fandom of Coronation Street is an institution of its own, are you ready for more exposure?
SG: To be honest, I've not really thought about it because I don't think it's going to happen that way. Don't get me wrong, if I get more followers on Social Media and sweet messages, I'll be more than happy with replying but I don't see it escalating that much. I will be doing the standard picture of the credit on the TV, or of me on the TV. In regards to some other kind of fandom, I'm not prepared for it because I don't think it's going to happen. Just got to see what the future holds.
AG: You said you attempt to mug David Platt, who's a flagship character in the programme. Your picture will possibly feature in the soap magazines...
SG: My mum said that!
SG: In my personal opinion, in regards to that, I don't think it's going to happen but there was paps there so if a picture does end up in magazines I'll be like "right, cool, that's a first time". I get excited for things like that on the first day. I remember when my Agent called telling me I got it, I was estatic. I could not take the smile off my face. I was giggling at everything. After an hour I calmed down and thought; 'OK, you've got this. This is what you've been working for. This is your job so go to it and do your best and see what happens'.
AG: What parts of the set were you working on?
SG: The first day was on location in a quiet part of Salford. Then the second day it was the new bit. I got to walk past The Rovers and all that to get to it.
AG: That was your manor?
SG: Yes. That was my manor, and I made sure it was my manor that day.
AG: Is there a possibility you'll be back?
SG: Erm... I'll be honest with you, with this character I don't think so. It was me and a gang of lads trying to mug someone and it's not like it's not happened before. But, I like to think I got on with everybody. I had a laugh with the crew, make-up team, the runners, Jack himself and a few other cast members. I like to think I've made a good enough impression of myself professionally as an actual actor, that I did my job to the best of my ability but also personally to the point where I hope they'll go "you know what, he's a nice lad, we'll have him back" because obviously they don't want to work with an idiot. If they can work with someone they get along with - and can do the job - then that's who'll get called back. Hopefully they'll have me back because it was an absolute pleasure, but we'll see.
- Monday 30 March 2020 - ITV/STV/UTV - 19:30.
- Wednesday 1 April 2020 - ITV/STV/UTV - 19:30.
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