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Inside Coronation Street star David Neilson’s VERY different jobs 

CORONATION Street star David Neilson has left the soap as Roy Cropper – but he had some very different jobs before he became an actor.

To mark his incredible stint on the Manchester-based soap, David – one of the most recognisable TV stars of all time – revealed exactly what he did just before he shot to fame. 

Leaving school when he was just 15, the 72-year-old did whatever it took in order to help to fund his education at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Making cash on the side while honing his acting skills, the Corrie legend first landed a gig as a gas fitter and a plumber.

Shortly following the tradesman role, David also pulled pints behind a bar – good preparation for running his cafe in Weatherfield.

When he left acting school, David then managed to land some paid acting work in shows like Z-Cars and Young at Heart, launching his acting career and leaving the odd jobs behind. 

Discussing his previous roles in a 1996 interview, the Corrie legend said: “I have worked as a gas fitter, plumber, ice-cream salesman and barman.

“Since becoming an actor, I have also had stints as a theatre director, taught drama at RADAR Central and Rose Bruford and written plays.



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