Charlie Lawson has hit out at the younger generation of soap actors, telling them to learn their craft rather than focusing on being famous.
The former Coronation Street actor, 61, who starred as Jim McDonald on and off from 1989 until 2018, wasn’t altogether impressed with the attitude of some of the young stars of soap today.
He told the Daily Star: ‘If you want to get into acting, stop being obsessed by fame.
‘Most young actors I meet are more interested in being famous than practising their craft.
‘Throw all that bad attitude away and go to drama school. It wasn’t meant to be easy.’
Charlie admitted he wasn’t keen on a lot of the new stars in many of the soaps, adding: ‘I watch the actors of today on very popular and celebrated, familiar shows and some of them are just awful. Get in some work and learn your art.’
He revealed that he likes to watch older episodes of Corrie to remember the fun times he had with fellow actors Beverley Callard, Simon Gregson and Sarah Lancashire.
As well as looking back at the dramatic storylines his character was embroiled in since joining the soap in 1989, when Jim moved to the street with his family to work as a mechanic, he also remembers the off-screen moments too.
He revealed what it was like working on the soap back in the day, telling the paper: ‘It was party, party, party!
‘My friendships with Bev, Simon, Sarah Lancashire, Eva Pope and Peter Armitage – they are my fondest memories. I’m really enjoying classic Corrie at the minute.’
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.
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