Steven Arnold ready to sign on dole
- Bang Showbiz
- 13 December 2010
'Coronation Street' actor Steven Arnold has confessed while he isn't concerned about losing the security blanket the soap offered, he is ready to sign on for job seeker's allowance if he struggles to find work
Steven Arnold is ready to sign on for job seeker's allowance now he has been axed from 'Coronation Street'.
The 36-year-old actor - who played butcher Ashley Peacock in the ITV1 soap for 15 years - admitted while he isn't concerned about losing the security blanket the show offered, he has accepted he may need to sign on the dole if he struggles to find work.
He explained: "I'm looking forward to playing different characters. I'll sign on the dole if I have to. I've done it before, it doesn't worry me.
"I'm not worried about losing the security of 'Corrie'. The show has set me up for a while."
Steven - who had his episodes cut from 150 a year to just 50 in 2008 - confessed while he loved his time on the soap, working part-time was depressing and he was pleased to see his alter-ego leave 'Corrie' as part of its dramatic 50th anniversary storylines.
He added to the News of the World newspaper: "I was working part-time, just four months of the year and it got me down. The character was fading away and the writing was on the wall. I'd lost a sense of purpose. I wasn't in a good place. I just wanted to stick my head under the duvet and not come out.
"The one bright spot was the fantastic way I was eventually written out. Ashley joined 'Coronation Street' as a wimp and left as a hero."