Many Coronation Street regulars have swapped the cobblestones of Weatherfield for the stage during their soap careers.
Famous names who’ve made the crossover include Roy Barraclough, who played irrepressible Rovers Return landlord Alec Gilroy, Pat Phoenix (Elsie Tanner) and Barbara Knox (Rita Sullivan).
Why not test your knowledge of the Street’s stage and screen actors in our latest quiz – and compare your score with friends?
Many of the questions in our quizzes come from Clive Hardy’s brilliant Around Manchester books on the 1950s, 60s and 70s. They’re packed with unmissable pictures from the M.E.N. archive.
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Fallowfield actress Pat Phoenix appeared in Oldham Rep’s version of the Tennessee Williams’ play Suddenly Last Summer in July 1968. What year did she finally leave Coronation Street?
Barbara Knox (Rita Sullivan) made her stage debut in Goodbye Mr Chips at Oldham Coliseum in 1962. But when did her character Rita arrive full time on the Street?
Jean Alexander (Hilda Ogden) regularly appeared at the Oldham Coliseum. Which actor played her devoted, but idle, husband Stan on the Street?
A – Graham Haberfield played Jerry Booth and William Tarmey was Jack Duckworth
Philip Lowrie (Dennis Tanner) played Young Marlow in Oliver Goldsmith’s play She Stoops to Conquer in February 1968. Who was his Coronation Street bride in 1967
A – She was played by Mitzi Rogers
Brilliant Ancoats actress Violet Carson (Ena Sharples) once played the Duchess of York in Shakespeare’s Richard III. What was Ena’s favourite tipple at the Rovers Return?
Oldham actress Sally Ann Matthews donned period garb to star as Hope in the play Indigo Mill in April 1992. Her Street character, Jenny Bradley, was originally fostered by whom?
William Roache (Ken Barlow) appeared in various stage productions before Coronation Street. He also played a space-centre operative in which 1960 Norman Wisdom film?
Stephen Hancock (Ernest Bishop) played the piano in C. P. Taylor’s wartime comedy And a Nightingale Sang. What was his character’s profession in Coronation Street?
Bury actress Doris Speed (Annie Walker) was on stage from an early age as part of her parents’ travelling act. What was the name of Annie’s husband, the landlord of the Rovers Return?
Roy Barraclough (Alec Gilroy) was an accomplished stage actor in everything from musicals to high drama. He famously appeared in the classic Cissie and Ada sketches with which comic?
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