Bloke at the back

The Corona­tion Street star on get­ting ac­costed in Nando’s and play­ing footy with the rest of the cast

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Paddy Wal­lace

Per­fect Paddy

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

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