For some actors being portrayed as a serial killer in a soap opera could hang like a noose around their neck for years.
But Brian Capron looks back at his Coronation Street portrayal of the evil Richard Hillman in 2003 as a wonderful boost to his acting career.
“It was a fantastic story line that really took off and I am grateful to the writers and actors who helped make it such a success,” he told the Gazette.
“The success from that has enabled me to continue with my love of stage acting and I’m now looking forward to performing in Educating Rita at the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne.”
For Brian it was a relatively short journey to work as he attended rehearsals in Eastbourne last week.
“I live in Hove and have been enjoying the short train journey over here. I moved to Hove after appearing in a show at Brighton in the very hot summer of 1976.
“I absolutely loved the place and don’t envisage leaving this very wonderful part of the country.”
Brian’s focus in recent weeks has been more of a culinary nature during a successful run in Celebrity Chef which has taken him through to the semi-finals which were being screened this week.
“Terrifying. It’s the hardest thing I have ever done. There are no rehearsals and there’s no script.
“But I’m still there and you’ll have to keep an eye on the TV to see if my cooking skills will see me through to the final,” he explained.
Then it was back to rehearsals for Brian as he and Jennifer Daley prepared for Willy Russell’s classic which is being shown at the Devonshire Park Theatre from Thursday, August 29 to Saturday, September 7.
“Jennifer’s great to work, with her strong Liverpudlian accent.
“We’re really looking forward to the show and hope it’ll prove popular,” he said.