John Michie: Holby dressing rooms better than Corrie

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 November 2013
John Michie in Holby City

John Michie in Holby City

Former Karl Munro actor John Michie says the dressing rooms on the set of 'Holby City' are far better than the ones at 'Coronation Street'

John Michie says the 'Holby City' dressing rooms are better than 'Coronation Street'.

The 57-year-old actor - who left his role as killer Karl Munro in the ITV soap earlier this year - is joining the BBC medical drama next week as neurosurgeon Guy Self and he is pleased to have more spacious private quarters on the show's set in Elstree Studios, London.

He said: "At 'Holby', there are only 17 regular actors and the wards are spread out all over the place. Here though, I do get a big dressing room, which is a nice place to hang out ... unlike the rabbit hutches at 'Corrie'!"

John is also happy to have more time to learn his lines for 'Holby City', which has a less rigorous shooting schedule than 'Coronation Street', but he feels the scripts - which include heavy medical jargon - are much more difficult to learn.

He explained to "I loved playing Karl, but the preparation time for everyone on a soap is so much shorter. You're fighting the odds on every level. And if you have a big story on 'Corrie' that goes on for a long time, then it's an absolute killer.

"The good thing about 'Holby' is that there's more chance to chat about your lines while you're filming and talk things through with the director. The 'Holby' lines are harder to learn but it's more relaxed when you're shooting the episodes."

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