Heartbreak as Coronation Street actor dies

Former Coronation Street and Butterflies actor Andrew Hall has died at the age of 65.

The actor turned director died on Monday after a short illness.

He starred as Russell in hit sitcom Butterflies from 1978 to 1983, before appearing as Marc Selby in Corrie in 2011.

Mr Hall also featured in Eastenders, Brookside, Hollyoaks and Casualty, and most recently played the Gentleman in sci-fi series Blood Drive.

His son Josh Hall said: “Andrew began his acting career playing the character of Russell in the BBC series Butterflies.

“He then worked extensively as an actor on both stage and screen, including a period at the RSC and a run as Bill in the West End production of Mamma Mia!

“Later he worked as a director and producer, enjoying successes with productions including Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? at the Trafalgar, and Kindertransport, which toured the UK.

“Most recently he appeared as The Gentleman in the SyFy series Blood Drive.

“He is survived by his wife Abigail, his mother Mabel, his children Kate and Josh, and his grandchildren Jasper and Maggie.”

Management group InterTalent Rights, where Mr Hall had been a client since 2014, announced his passing “with deep sadness” on Twitter.

His agent Alex Segal said: “Andrew’s most recent TV job was in a Syfy series called Blood Drive.

“His character name was The Gentleman. That couldn’t be more apt. It’s the perfect way to describe Andrew.

“The nicest of men and an extremely talented actor. We are so sad to hear of his passing.

“Andrew was loved at InterTalent Rights Group where he had been a client in our Actors Division since 2014. He was a client and a friend.

“Our thoughts are with his wife Abi and all of Andrew’s family & friends.”