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Blast from the past - Chris Quentin.

FOR 10 years Chris Quinten was one of Britain's best-loved soap stars, playing Coronation Street's Brian Tilsley.

Then, when the Weatherfield car mechanic was sensationally murdered in a nightclub brawl, Chris's TV career died too.

Some newspapers at the time claimed he was sacked, though the actor himself still maintains he walked out.

Either way, when he finally turned his back on the Street, almost 10 years ago, he waved goodbye to an pounds 80,000 salary and the glamorous lifestyle that it funded.

Middlesbrough-born Chris tried to build a new life for himself in America, moving to Hollywood to marry TV presenter Leeza Gibbons, with whom he has a daughter, Jordan, now aged nine. But both his marriage and hoped-for movie career were woefully short-l ived.

He returned to England and tried to pick up the threads of his career. But a decade in the Street had typecast him and he struggled to win even small TV parts.

Chris has always had a reputation for having an eye for the ladies and he still loves to party. He enjoys life on the fringes of showbiz by making personal appearances and playing in celebrity golf tournaments.

"And I'm now on the after-dinner speech circuit too," he says.

His bread-and-butter job these days is touring with his one-man comedy rock act.

"It's a lot of fun, with audience participation - everyone has a great time," he beams.

"I have done some gigs in front of 2,000 people and some where there have been only 50 but I still get that same buzz when they are applauding.

"I love working live," he adds.

There will be more audience participation in store when he stars as Prince Charming in Cinderella at the Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford at Christmas.

At 38 he still looks much like the Brian Tilsley we all remember. Always a keen bodybuilder, he's kept his physique even if his TV career has gone to seed.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Nov 8, 1998
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