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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 5 September 1935Battersea, London, England, UK
Nickname Briggsy
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in South London on Sept 5, 1935, to Ernest and Rose Briggs, Johnny had a younger sister, Barbara, who died in 1955 at age 15. As a boy, he sang soprano in a church choir and during World War II he was evacuated to the safety of the English countryside. Back in London he won a scholarship, at age 12, to the Italia Conti Stage Academy. Among his classmates were Nanette Newman and Anthony Newley. A scattering of parts followed in movies, stage plays and TV shows. In 1953 Johnny began two years of service in Germany with the Royal Tank Regiment. He then resumed his acting career.

In 1961 he married Caroline Sinclair and they had two children, Mark and Karen, before divorcing in 1975. In 1975 Johnny married schoolteacher Christine Allsop and they've had four children: Jennifer, Michael, Stephanie, and Anthony. British audiences know him best as 'Mike Baldwin', the part he played on the Coronation Street (1960) TV series for almost 30 years beginning in 1976. American audiences are more likely to remember him as the young sailor who was stripped to the waist and flogged in 1962's Damn the Defiant! (1962)! Though working less frequently these days, Johnny remains an avid golfer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: dinky-4 of Minneapolis

Spouse (2)

Christine Allsop (1975 - 2006) (divorced) (4 children)
Caroline Sinclair (July 1961 - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (6)

Reached number 35 in the UK singles chart with a version of Frank and Nancy Sinatra's "Somethin' Stupid", a duet with his Coronation Street (1960) co-star Amanda Barrie. [December 1995]
When he played 'Mike Baldwin' on Coronation Street (1960) he did his very first scene with Barbara Knox. In his very last scene when his character 'Mike Baldwin' dies on the cobbles on Coronation Street, Barbara Knox also appears.
He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 at the British Soap Awards.
He was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2007 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to entertainment.
Is one of 8 Coronation Street (1960) actors to win the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards. The others are William Roache, Barbara Knox, Elizabeth Dawn, Betty Driver, William Tarmey, Helen Worth and Anne Kirkbride.
Salford, Greater Manchester, England [June 2008]

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