“Coronation Street” actor Peter Baldwin reportedly died at age 82. Read on for more details.
82-year-old British actor Peter Baldwin died on Wednesday, October 21, after a short illness. Baldwin played the role of Derek Wilton in the long-running U.K. soap opera “Coronation Street” for 21 years.
On October 22, A “Coronation Street” spokesman, who was quoted on the ITV News website, said: “It is with great sadness we’ve learned respected former “Coronation Street” actor Peter Baldwin has died. Peter passed away at his home in Hampstead, North London last night after a short illness. We send our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.”
Earlier this week, tributes from Baldwin’s colleagues and friends started to pour in. Sally Ann Matthews, who plays the role of Jenny Bradley in “Coronation Street,” tweeted:
Lovely Peter Baldwin. Such a gentle, kind, funny man and a wonderful actor and toy shop purveyor x
— Sally Ann Matthews (@SallyAnMatthews) October 23, 2015
Northern Irish actor Charles Lawson also tweeted:
Very sorry to hear of the death of Peter Baldwin. I remember him in The GTV Club drinking G+T and putting £££££s in the bandit!! Good chap.
— Charlie Lawson (@charlie_lawson1) October 23, 2015
Baldwin was born in Chichester, Sussex, England on July 29, 1933. He was married to former actress and “Play School” presenter Sarah Long. Long died from cancer in 1987. They are survived by their two children.
Baldwin joined the cast of “Coronation Street” in 1976. He also played a main role in the television comedy “Girls About Town” from 1969 to 1971. He also appeared on several TV such as “The New Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Menace,” “Spy Trap,” and “West End Theatre.” While acting, he also worked at Pollock’s Toy Museum and managed its traditional toy shop that is located in London’s Covent Garden. In 1988, he became the owner of the shop.
According to Manchester Evening News, Baldwin told BBC in 2010 that he was still recognized for his “Coronation Street” role. He said: “I even get customers from America, Canada and New Zealand who watch repeats of the show and are very surprised to see me when they walk into the shop.”
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