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Cinders star Steven loved his 15 years as squeaky voiced butcher Ashley

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 20, 2012

  • COMEDY ROLE: Steven Arnold stars as Dandini in Cinderlla at the Princess Theatre

  • flashback: Steven as Ashley in Corrie

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FORMER Coronation Street star Steven Arnold is in the Bay this Christmas performing in Cinderella.

He's appearing alongside ex-Emmerdale actor Stuart Wade in the festive offering at the Princess Theatre, Torquay.

Steven was a firm favourite on our screens as Ashley Peacock, the squeaky voiced butcher in the soap opera, but his run came to an end in 2010 when his character was killed off in a dramatic live episode.

"I had some great story lines," said Steven.

"I'm so grateful I was in Coronation Street for 15 years. It was fabulous to work with such a great cast and crew.

"What I liked about my character was there was an air of comedy as well as the drama aspect.

"I had six months to get used to the fact my character was being killed off. It was time for his character to go as he'd done everything he could. I was so pleased to have my last scenes during the live episode.

"If I miss anything about being on the show, it's the people and the banter in the Green Room every day."

Since leaving Corrie, he's spread his wings and had a busy year.

He twirled and span around the ice as a contestant on the hit TV series Dancing On Ice with Russian champion skater Nina Ulanova.

He got voted off early on in the series and admits ice skating was not his forte.

"I wasn't very good, to be honest," said Steven, with a smile on his face. "I naturally walk on my toes, so I could never stay off the toe picks.

"I only went ice skating once as a kid and never went again. I found it really difficult skating on the show, but it was a great experience.

"Nina is out of this world on the ice. She was wonderful to work with and had to be strict with me at times."

Steven was also whisked over to Argentina to appear in a celebrity edition of Total Wipeout, which sees people compete on a wacky assault course in the fastest time.

"It was as such a laugh," said Steven.

"The show flew 20 of us over there, but I was beaten in the final by skier Eddie the Eagle.

"I'm not joking, Eddie may be nearly 60, but he's one of the fittest people I know.

"On the first event I had to leap over three huge sponge red balls and I did it in two minutes 50, he could have lapped me easily."

Steven has also kept his hand in drama and appeared in the medical series Casualty, where he had the challenging part of playing a man with a mental age of 12.

"It was a good opportunity," said Steven.

"In the future, I'd like to play a tough nut or a character that's as far removed from Ashley Peacock as possible."

Steven got into acting as a child and got many roles opposite his brother Kevin.

They appeared in This Boy's Story with George Best which went on to win best short film at the Baftas.

"I've never stopped working since," he said.

The brothers went on to appear in children's drama Children's Ward together and did a short film called Growing Pains.

A couple of years ago Steven visited the bay when Kevin was filming the movie Snappers alongside singer Joss Stone.

"I only had a whistle stop tour last time I was down in South Devon, so it's nice to be back," said Steven.

"Unfortunately Snappers never got finished which is a real shame."

He's enjoying being back in Torquay and playing Dandini in Cinderella.

"It's all going really well and I'm loving the view of the beautiful harbour," said Steven.

"We've got a great cast and a I'm really liking playing the character as there's more comedy in my role this year. In the last couple of pantomimes I've done, like Aladdin and Jack in the Beanstalk, my characters haven't been so funny.

"It's great the kids all love it. Pantomime's are a British institution and truly make everyone smile."

The panto until January 6. Book tickets by calling: 0844871 3023.

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