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Antony Cotton
Born Antony Dunn
August 5, 1975 (1975-08-05) (age 34)
Bury, Greater Manchester
Occupation Actor, singer

Antony Cotton (born Antony Dunn on 5 August 1975, Bury, Greater Manchester) is an English actor and singer best known for his roles in Coronation Street and the original UK version of Queer as Folk.



Cotton was born in Bury, in Greater Manchester. He is the son of actress Enid Dunn.[1] He went to Woodhey High School at Holcombe Brook in Ramsbottom.[2] He has an elder brother, Andrew (born 29 December 1973). Antony attended Oldham Theatre Workshop where he met his longtime friend Anna Friel. At the same time he studied dance at both the Davies School of Dance and the Lupino School where he was a contemporary of sisters Anna Jane Casey and Natalie Casey. Antony's mum Enid was a childhood friend of Anna and Natalie's dad Barry. Antony is a passionate supporter of the Terrence Higgins Trust, of which he is a patron. He is also a patron of the LGF charity in Manchester, The Albert Kennedy Trust and also the Queer Up North festival.




Cotton currently plays barman and factory worker Sean Tully in Coronation Street. Cotton asked for a part on the show, and created the character with some of the show’s writers.[3]

Cotton played Alexander in the original UK version of Queer as Folk. He has also appeared in episodes of Absolutely Fabulous as the character Damon. On 13 January 2007, Cotton won the second series of ITV's Soapstar Superstar. He donated his winning money, £200,000, to the Elton John Aids Foundation.

In July 2007, it was announced that Cotton would be fronting his own tea time chat show on ITV. The show, That Antony Cotton Show, was filmed in front of a live studio audience at Granada Television studios in Manchester, and combined celebrity chat with topical humour. It was first broadcast on Monday 13 August 2007 at 5pm on ITV; however, following the end of the first series, ITV announced that the show would not return for a second. He is developing several new ideas with ITV.[4] Antony also appeared on Family Fortunes on 20 September 2008 presented by Vernon Kay and won £10,000 for his chosen charity. In December 2008, he appeared with his friend and co-star Suranne Jones on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. He won £50,000 again for the Terrence Higgins Trust. This brings the total he has donated from TV appearances alone to £238,000.


Cotton made his film debut opposite Daniel Craig and Derek Jacobi in the 1998 film Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon.[5] He also appeared in the 1998 film The Wisdom of Crocodiles.


Cotton has appeared in several shows at the Oldham Coliseum. He appeared in The Fifteen Streets and The Hobbit at Manchester's Palace Theatre and Opera House. The part of Flynn was written for him by his friend Jonathan Harvey in the original version of Closer to Heaven.[1]

Awards and recognition

In 2005, Cotton won the Most Popular Newcomer category at the National Television Awards for his role in Coronation Street.[6] Cotton also won the 2005 Inside Soap Awards for Best Newcomer and Funniest Performance. 2006 he won (again) the award for Funniest Performance. At the 2007 British Soap Awards, Cotton was awarded the Best Actor award, which was voted for by the public. Also in 2007 he won Best Actor at the Inside Soap Awards, again voted for by the public. In total he has won 7 awards for his character Sean.

Selected stage and screen credits



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