Graeme Hawley's comical relief

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 June 2013
Graeme Hawley

Graeme Hawley

Graeme Hawley loved starring in comedy-drama series 'Love and Marriage' after his serious role portraying 'Coronation Street' serial killer John Stape

Graeme Hawley was relieved to land an upbeat role in 'Love and Marriage' after playing an on-screen serial killer.

The former 'Coronation Street' actor - who is known for playing multiple murderer John Stape in the ITV soap - has enjoyed portraying father-of-five Martin in the comedy-drama series because he loved the humorous side of the programme compared to his serious role on 'Corrie'.

He said: "I seem to have spent a lot of time killing people and being miserable over the years, so it was great to do this show.

"My character, Martin, is funny and I definitely want to do more comic projects.

"I'd love to do stand-up but I'm not brave enough. If I wanted to, I should have done it before now because being known as a character like John Stape would make performing comedy difficult."

The 39-year-old actor - who has two children of his own with wife Elianne Byrne - admits starring as a father-of-five in 'Love and Marriage' has put him off having many more kids.

He added to The Sun newspaper: "The kids who played Martin and Michelle's children were brilliant but filming did make me appreciate how easy I have it compared to Martin. It convinced me that my wife and I won't be having five kids - it was chaos. I'm in favour of Martin having a vasectomy in series two."

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