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Bruce Jones
Born Ian Roy Jones
January 24, 1953 (1953-01-24) (age 57)
Collyhurst, Manchester, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–
Spouse(s) Sue Bailey (1971–1982)
Sandra (?–present)

Bruce Jones (born 24 January 1953) is an English actor, best known for his role as cab driver Les Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street. He left the role in 2007.[1] His real name is Ian Roy Jones, but he took the name of his father for professional purposes.

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Biography

North Manchester born Bruce Jones was brought up in a typical working class household before he went to live with his Grandmother in Wales where he joined his school drama group at the age of eleven and dreamt of becoming an actor.

It was on the morning of 9th October 1977 that Bruce made a gruesome discovery that would have a profound effect on his life. Whilst working with a friend on an allotment in Moss Side, Manchester, Bruce came across the mutilated body of a young women - Jean Jordan - a victim of The Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe.

Bruce's first introduction into show business was when he formed a comedy duo with a friend and went on to work the club circuit as Clarke and Jones for many years.

It was during this time that Bruce decided he would like to try his hand at acting and his first big break came when he was cast as the lead in the feature film "Raining Stones" by director Ken Loach; the film went on to receive great critical acclaim and won the Evening Standard Awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay. Bruce was presented with the European Actors Award.

Over the following decades Bruce gained numerous credits for Film and Television productions including; Heartbeat; A Touch of Frost; Band of Gold; Roughnecks; Hillsborough and films such as The Full Monty for which he received the Stage Actors Guild Award.

It was while working on the feature film "Twenty Four Seven" with actor Bob Hoskins in 1996 that Bruce was offered the part of Les Battersby in Coronation Street.

During this time Bruce also appeared as Dean Martin in Celebrity Stars in Your Eyes, Mr Bumble in Scrooge for Children in Need and the Robber in Granada's televised Christmas Pantomime "Cinderella". He also made countless Television appearances in game shows and chat programmes.

One of Bruce's proudest moments was a few years ago when he was awarded the prestigious Silver Heart by the Variety Club of Great Britain in acknowledgement of his relentless charity work. Together with his Coronation Street colleagues and accompanied by his agent Tony Nyland and Zingari Swing, Bruce raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Variety Club of Great Britain.

Career

In 1993, Bruce Jones gained his big break, playing the lead role of Bob Williams in the Ken Loach film Raining Stones. Bruce as awarded the European Actor's Award for Raining Stones. In 1997, he had a small part in the hit film The Full Monty. He played one of the males who auditioned to be one of the strippers, and he received the Stage Actior's Guild Award, (SAG). He also appeared in the Shane Meadows film Twenty Four Seven, before joining the cast of the ITV soap Coronation Street, playing the role of Les Battersby.

Bruce Jones appeared at numerous charity fund raising events with his fellow Coronation Street stars and he would always appear on stage with Tony Nyland and the trio Zingari Swing.

One of Bruce's proudest moments was in 2004 when he was awarded the prestigious Silver Heart by The Variety Club of Great Britain in acknowledgement of his relentless charity work.

In 2007, he served a suspension from the show after allegedly getting drunk with an undercover reporter, making inappropriate comments and revealing future storylines.[1] It was confirmed on 30 May 2007 that he would not be returning to the show, although this was not cited as being linked to his suspension.

He is currently performing stand-up comedy in Benidorm. On 23 March 2008, Jones featured in Celebrity Wife Swap with Sinitta. Jones is also working on a movie, starring as Mick the Manager in the film Souled Out. Bruce has also appeared on the TV programme The Dark Side of Fame with Piers Morgan.

Jones took part in the BBC1 show "Famous, Rich and Homeless", which aired in June 2009. He was joined by 4 other celebrities who would leave their life of fame and fortune for the cold and lonely streets of London. Jones was clearly the most affected by the experience, regularly seen breaking into tears and considering pulling out of the show. In a state of frustration, desperation and anger, Bruce ranted to the camera expressing his support to the idea of returning the death penalty to the UK, in order to allow money to be freed to aid the homeless and the elderly. In his rant, Jones said that "rippers" should all be hanged in order for taxpayers' money to be spent on the homeless and pensioners instead. He added that he would "smile at him" as it happened and referenced his horrific discovery of one the Yorkshire Ripper's victims, describing himself as a victim. In November Jones appeared in Celebrity Come Dine With Me and the competition was won by former Catchphrase host Roy Walker.

Bruce Jones was starring as King Rat in pantomime Dick Whittington at the Contemporary Urban Centre from 14th December 2009 until 3rd January 2010.

Bruce is currently working with a Manchester based production company called 'Gritish Films'. The film 'Down Our Way' is due to be released at the end of 2010.

Worries of illness

The actor is concerned that he may have contracted the asbestos-related mesothelioma while working as a heating engineer. Jones's close friend John Willet, 57, has been diagnosed with the illness. Symptoms of the illness can sometimes not surface for 25 years, and the 56-year-old ex-soap star is concerned he may also have contracted the disease.

"I never thought about it and didn't know much about it until I spoke to John, who is an amazing guy," he told the Manchester Evening News. "We worked in the same industry and were never told how dangerous asbestos was. I've been given the all-clear after medicals and all I can do is hope. But I never know because it takes so long to detect and I hope I don't end up like John. Not enough is being spent on research and if the government is willing to bail out the banks it should be prepared to fund it. Asbestos is still in buildings, schools, workplaces and people need to know the danger."

Selected Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Snappers Bruce [2]

References

External links

http://www.nylandmanagement.com contact Tony Nyland agent for Bruce Jones for Television; Film; Theatre; Pantomime and Celebrity Personal Appearances. http://www.brucejonesactor.com http://www.brucejonesactor.co.uk

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