Thursday 19 May 2016

The A - Z of Carry On Supporting Actors: Johnny Briggs

This is the latest in a brand new series for Carry On Blogging. It might be slightly ambitious, but I'm going to attempt to do a run through the alphabet of some of the more interesting Carry On supporting actors. One of the reasons I set up this blog was to turn the spotlight on some of the lesser known Carry On actors who nevertheless played an important role in the success of the film series. 

Today we continue with the next letter in the alphabet, B and B is for Johnny Briggs.

Carry On films: Appeared in small parts in several series entries. Briggs made his first appearance as "Sporran Soldier" in the classic Carry On Up The Khyber in 1968. Two further roles followed in the 1970s - first as a painter in Behind in 1975 and then his biggest role in the series the following year, as Melly's Driver in Carry On England.

Also appeared in: Johnny Briggs also appeared in the Rogers and Thomas big screen version of Bless This House in 1972 as a lorry driver. In 1975 he played Norman "The Case of the Coughing Parrot" an episode of the ATV Carry On Laughing series.


Best known for: His thirty year stint (1976 - 2006) as Cockney lothario and factory boss Mike Baldwin in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. This role saw him team up successfully with another member of the Carry On alumni - Amanda Barrie.

Did you know: Before his mammoth stint in Corrie, Briggs also starred in two other long running television series - first of all No Hiding Place, as Detective Sergeant Russell between 1964 and 1966 and then as Clifford Leyton in the infamous ATV soap Crossroads between 1973 and 1974.

What are they up to now: Following his departure from Coronation Street in 2006, Briggs went on to appear in Miss Marple, Holby City and Echo Beach. His most recent television appearance was in Doctors in 2009. 


Stay tuned for the next entry in my A - Z of Carry On Supporting Actors! 

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