Coronation Street actor Johnny Briggs, aka Mike Baldwin has died

Publish Date
Monday, 1 March 2021, 9:35AM

Johnny Briggs, a British actor best known for his role as businessman Mike Baldwin in the long-running TV soap opera Coronation Street, has died. He was 85.

A family statement said Briggs died peacefully Sunday morning after a long illness.

Briggs was a staple in Coronation Street, playing his role for 30 years. Baldwin, a Cockney clothing factory boss, became one of the most memorable characters in the show's fictional town of Weatherfield.

John Whiston, managing director of the drama, said Briggs brought a charisma to his role which made it "very hard to look at anyone else" when he was on screen.

"He truly was one of the most iconic characters the Street has ever known. We wish Johnny's family all our condolences," Whiston said in a statement.

Briggs was appointed an MBE, or a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in Queen Elizabeth II's New Year Honours in 2006.