FRIDAY INTERVIEW

Friday 4 February 2011

Bruno LangleyWe recently caught up with Bruno Langley, who is probably best known for playing Todd Grimshaw in Coronation Street. And rumour has it that he might even be returning to our favourite soap – watch this space.

You’re known for playing Todd Grimshaw in Coronation Street as the first openly gay character on the show. What kind of affect do you think this storyline has had on the LGBT community?

It's very strange, but when we did that story line it was in 2004, the press labelled it as sensational. How far we have come, it's now 2011, and those kinds of story lines are every where now, especially in soaps! I feel very privileged to be part of something that brought change to the way people think about things.

Apart from acting, you’re also a singer in your band ‘Bruno and the wonderland band’. For those who’ve never heard you perform before how would you describe your style?

Ah yes, well, the Wonderland Band performs only the best rock and roll / Blues / Jazz and, Swing stuff. I love doing new arrangements of cheesy pop tracks into jazz and swing versions!

You posed in our recent exhibition ‘Welcome to my World’. Can you tell us about the experience?

You mean the cowboy outfit? I had a wonderful time, and yes, I kept the outfit!

You’ve previously performed at Manchester Pride, did you have fun and what did you think of the festival?

I performed with just my pianist Bobby Birch on the Sackville Stage, and I had an amazing time! Manchester is home turf so performing there was brilliant, and my son Freddie was in the crowd watching which made me happy! We did a great version of Johnny be Goode which went down well.

And finally, what have you got lined-up for 2011?

I’m doing a tour of Calendar Girls which is a great play which tours the UK for three months and hits Manchester from 21st to 26th of February at the Palace Theatre. After that I'll be auditioning, writing songs, and performing with my band and most of all, enjoying being a Dad.

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