Coronation Street’s Andrew Whyment has no plans to leave cobbles anytime soon

Coronation Street’s Andrew Whyment has no plans to leave the cobbles any time soon.

The 39-year-old is about to celebrate his 20th anniversary on the show, after first appearing as Kirk Sutherland in 2000.

And it turns out he hopes to portray the character for many years to come, as he addressed Kirk’s future when chatting on Martin and Roman Kemp’s Sunday Best.

‘I grew up watching Corrie,’ he shared when talking about the soap’s upcoming 60th anniversary. ‘I’ve always been a massive fan of the show.

‘When I was first signed, I was assigned for seven episodes – so, to think I’m going into my 20th year is unbelievable really.

‘Every time I drive up to the gates and life the barrier I get a massive buzz now and every time I get a new contract it’s unbelievable.’

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Coronation Street’s Andrew Whyment has no plans to leave cobbles anytime soon (Picture: ITV)

 

Looking towards the future, he told his I’m A Celebrity campmate, Roman: ‘It is just a privilege to be there for so long and long may it continue.’

The cast of Coronation Street have recently return to filming following the coronavirus pandemic.

Talking about the changes on set, Andrew explained: ‘It has been great, it’s a bit weird with one way systems and such.

Jacqueline Jossa, Andy Whyment and Roman Kemp
He appeared on I’m a Celeb with Roman (Picture: Rex)

 

‘When we’re on set we have two-metre pole police making sure we’re all two-metres apart, it’s all a bit weird.

‘But, it’s just great to be back, we had 12 weeks off which was unheard of really so to be back filming again, it’s just amazing.’

Managing Director of Continuing Drama and Head of ITV in the North, John Whiston has overseen the return to filming and recently explained how it has been a huge amount of work to get everyone back on set.

He said: ‘With the peak past, all indications are that the time is right for a return to filming.

‘And with the extensive protocols we have put in place, we have made our workplace as safe as possible. I’m sure our audience will appreciate having the show they love continue on air.

‘For many who have written in it is a vital escape from all the fears and stresses this virus brings in its wake.’

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