A Coronation Street star was one of the few people in the city who welcomed yesterday’s spring snow.
“Beautiful,” said Michael Le Vell, aka Kevin Webster on Coronation Street. They don’t get much snow in the U.K. and none at all this year in Manchester, he said.
“It was lovely to wake up to this morning.”
The long-time soap actor was in Halifax with his wife and two kids yesterday. He was the main attraction at a fundraiser for the DownEast Streeters Non-Profit Society last night.
Since first appearing on Coronation Street in 1983, Webster has had more than his share of heartaches and scandals: Affairs on both sides rocked his two marriages to Sally Seddon; he lost a baby with his second wife Alison Wakefield; and he recently served time for beating up his daughter’s high school teacher. But who could blame him since the teacher was sleeping with Webster’s daughter?
“The Natalie affair sort of broke Kevin’s mould a bit and set him in a different direction for a while,” said La Vell, reflecting on a few of his favourite storylines over the years.
“The Kevin and Alison losing the baby storyline was hard work to do, but it was rewarding at the end of it.”
According to Wikipedia, Webster earned thousands of admirers due to his “shapely backside.” Le Vell said he gets stopped by fans even on the streets of Halifax.
“I’ve had a few people stop me and start screaming. It’s fun and it shows people watch the show,” he said.
“It’s definitely Canada that’s number one for fans (outside the U.K.). There’s a few in New Zealand and Australia, but nothing like the Canadians.”