Bill Tarmey lived Corrie 'dream'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 October 2010
Coronation Street actor Bill Tarmey

Bill Tarmey

'Coronation Street' legend Bill Tarmey admits he ''lived the dream'' during his 30 years on the show

Bill Tarmey "lived the dream" during his years on 'Coronation Street'.

The actor - who recently quit the role of lovable Jack Duckworth after 30 years on the show - admits landing the job was a "dream come true" that made him feel like he had won the lottery.

He said: "There I was all those years ago - school dunce, asphalt spreader and singer - hearing that 'Coronation Street' bosses wanted to make me a TV soap star. What a jammy devil! Landing the role of Jack was like winning the lottery and pools in the same week.

"I'm in no doubt 'Corrie' can survive without Jack Duckworth. Whether Bill Tarmey can survive without 'Corrie' remains to be seen. I think we'll both be OK. We've lived the dream and enjoyed almost every minute."

Before he landed the character of Jack, Bill had appeared as an extra in the show many times to earn extra money to help raise his young family with.

Despite this, Bill is convinced he isn't an actor, and admits he feels as though he has been merely pretending all these years.

He said in his autobiography 'Jack Duckworth and Me', printed in the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I spent the first few years thinking I'd be found out. I feared some new producer would recognise my failings and wonder what Bill Tarmey thought he was doing pretending to be an actor.

"Even when I told new producer Phil Collinson I was leaving, he tried to persuade me to stay but I expected him to be happy to see the back of me.

"You see, I've always known they knew I knew they knew I couldn't really act but somehow we've muddled through.

"It's just that for a long time I felt a bit of a fraud. And it's only now, when I look back, that I see how lucky I've been."

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