Craig Charles brought black family to Coronation Street

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 December 2012
Craig Charles

Craig Charles

Craig Charles claims he was very instrumental in bringing the first black family to 'Coronation Street' as he says it was "about time" the ITV1 soap had a family of different origin

Craig Charles claims he was very instrumental in bringing the first black family to 'Coronation Street'.

The actor has played cabbie Lloyd Mullaney in the ITV1 soap for seven years and the plan was to introduce his family during last year's 50th anniversary celebrations, but he was too busy filming sci-fi show 'Red Dwarf'.

But now Lloyd has been joined by ex-girlfriend Mandy Kamara (Pamela Nomvete) and a daughter he never knew existed, Jenna Kamara (Krissi Bohn), and he says it was his idea to bring them in.

He told The Voice newspaper: "I actually suggested a black family to scriptwriters. I said, 'You've got me as a character, why not build one around me?' After 50 years, it's about time."

Craig took six months off 'Coronation Street' to film 'Red Dwarf' and returned in May, when he entered into a cab war with former boss Steve McDonald when he opens up his own taxi firm.

Craig previously said he loves working with Simon Gregson - who plays Steve - because they enjoy practical jokes together.

He explained: "I have great fun on set with Simon Gregson. He's a good mate, and we do a lot of practical joking on set. We're neighbours as well, so we spend a lot of time at each other's houses."

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