Coronation Street today unveils it’s official 60th anniversary cast photograph to celebrate the programme reaching this broadcasting milestone. And there has never been a cast image quite like it!
The shot had to be taken adhering to the Government’s health and safety guidelines for TV and film production and the covid protocols and measures introduced by the programme which meant all of the actors in the portrait were photographed at different times.
Previous photography to celebrate the show’s big milestones has featured all the cast, starting with the famous black and white shot to launch the first episode.
With the pandemic meaning that large gatherings are not possible a decision was taken to represent the show by photographing the first seven of the current cast to join the soap alongside the most recent seven actors to have appeared on screen as a regular cast member.*
Over a period of two weeks the actors were photographed individually in a covid secure studio and then cleverly photoshopped to give the impression of being together.
Finally with a nod to the show’s history Hilda Ogden’s iconic ducks from her ‘muriel’ were added to the image, complete with wonky middle one!
The following actors appear in the photograph:
- William Roache (Ken Barlow) 9th December 1960
- Barbara Knox (Rita Tanner) 02 December 1964
- Helen Worth (Gail Platt) 29 July 1974
- Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts) 16 April 1979
- Michael Le Vell (Kevin Webster 19 October 1983
- Sally Ann Matthews (Jenny Connor) 06 January 1986
- Sally Dynevor (Sally Metcalf) 27 January 1986
- Ryan Russell (Michael Bailey) 12 June 2019
- Lorna Laidlaw (Aggie Bailey) 12 June 2019
- Jane Hazelgrove (Bernie Winter) 24 July 2019
- Mollie Gallagher (Nina Lucas) 11 November 2019
- Adam Hussain (Aadi Alahan) 15 April 2020
- Tony Maudsley (George Shuttleworth) 16 September 2020
- Gareth Pierce (Todd Grimshaw) 07 October 2020
*Regular cast member denotes a member of cast who is on screen and on a 12 month contract at the time of the photo
Left To right
Kevin Webster [MICHAEL LE VELL], Sally Metcalfe [SALLY DYNEVOR], Bernie Winter [JANE HAZLEGROVE], Todd Grimshaw [GARETH PIERCE], Aldi Alahan [ADAM HUSSAIN], Aggie Bailey [LORNA LAIDLAW], Rita Tanner [BARBARA KNOX], Ken Barlow [WILLIAM ROACHE], Nina Lucas [MOLLIE GALLAGHER], Jenny Connor [SALLY-ANN MATTHEWS], Gail Rodwell [HELEN WORTH], Michael Bailey [RYAN RUSSELL], Audrey Roberts [SUE NICHOLLS] and George Shuttleworth [TONY MAUDSLEY].