Bloke at the back
The Coronation Street star on getting accosted in Nando’s and playing footy with the rest of the cast
Best-known as Jude appleton, the long-lost adopted son of Coronation Street’s eccentric mary Taylor, Paddy wallace has been an actor for 11 years. Prior to his arrival on the cobbles last year, he appeared in shows including Hollyoaks, Waterloo Road and Emmerdale. Paddy, 33, who originally hails from Chester, now lives in London.
The most embarrassing moment of my career was meeting Pierce Brosnan and nearly calling him Bond! I was on the set of the film Survivor. It was on the tip of my tongue and almost slipped out!
a group of young girls accosted me in nando’s the other day. It was a little bit unexpected, but not too bad! Am I getting chatted up at all? No. I get people saying, ‘Oh my God, are you Jude from Corrie?’ It’s more that sort of thing – not too many offers so far! My girlfriend works in events. She keeps my feet on the ground.
In the past I’ve played a few dodgy characters. Jude is certainly the nicest! Originally I came in to Coronation Street to be seen for two different characters – Jude and the rapist Nathan Curtis. They liked me more as Jude. It was only meant to be for four episodes, but now it’s turned into a much longer thing, which is great.
I run and go to the gym, but Jude isn’t the sort of guy who’s likely to take his top off, so I don’t worry too much! There’s pressure in acting. If you want to get certain parts then you’ve got to look good, but there are parts for every physique, so for me exercise is more for keeping in shape.
Growing up I wanted to be a footballer. I was a decent player as a kid and went semi-pro, representing Ireland at university. It’s still a big thing with me – I play a lot of with friends, as well as the Corrie cast and crew. ✱ For more info, visit itv.com/coronation street and follow @itvcorrie on Twitter