He first soared to fame on the set of Game of Thrones where he portrayed the role of Bowen Marsh in the Night’s Watch.
But after Michael Condron’s role on the fantastical HBO Max series, work started to dry up – especially during the pandemic – which forced the actor to look for work elsewhere.
The Coronation Street newcomer, 46, recently revealed how he landed a job at his local Asda to help tide him over until he secured his new role on the Cobbles.
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Before he was cast as eco-warrior Griff who has been causing trouble in the heart of Weatherfield, the actor previously worked as a delivery driver for the supermarket giants.
In a recent interview with Belfast Telegraph, the TV star opened up about his previous job at the superstore in North Belfast.
He told the publication: “Asda were very good to me during lockdown and I really didn’t want to leave them in the lurch but they knew Corrie was too good a chance for me to turn down.
“And indeed, I have been back to do some shifts recently because they needed drivers and I look forward to doing more if the situation arises in the future.
“I really loved driving which took me all over the place. I was with great people who were really chilled and it was liberating for me not to be worrying about where my next theatre or TV work was coming from.”
When Michael eventually made a new home at Coronation Street, the nervous soap star confessed he received a loving welcome from all the stars on the show.
He added: “I honestly couldn’t have wished for a warmer welcome from the established stars on the Street.
“But I was genuinely star-struck when I met some of the cast, particularly Maureen Lipman (who plays Evelyn Plummer) whom I have admired for ages in a series of roles in the theatre, the movies and on television.”
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The Canadian-born star – who spent most of his life in Belfast – has since been showered with praise and support from Peter Barlow actor Chris Gascoyne as he practiced his Manchester accent.
And the TV star has hinted at some big twists for his character Griff although he warned fans he doesn’t know if his on-screen alter ego will remain on the sop past Christmas.
He added: “I’m just delighted with what I have got and it’s good for me and my career going forward.”
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