CORONATION Street’s George Shuttleworth has had fans on the edge of their seats with his latest difficult storyline.
The relatively new Cobbles character has been embroiled in a rocky romance with Eileen Grimshaw over the last few weeks.
Tony plays George Shuttleworth in the ITV soapCredit: Rex
The Corrie star has been in a number of films and TV showsCredit: Twitter/@TonyMaudsley1
Luckily for actor Tony Maudsley – his life away from the silver screen has been a lot less tumultuous than his time in Corrie.
The actor, 54, has appeared in a number of shows before stepping forth on the show – giving him plenty of practice for his role.
Fans of the ITV soap will no doubt recognise him from his previous Corrie role – 30 years ago – before he starred in Harry Potter.
He snagged a major role in Harry Potter’s fifth instalment, The Order of the Phoenix, back in 2007 as Hagrid’s half-brother.
The star played giant Gawp throughout the blockbuster – admitting later it was one of the toughest roles he ever played.
Tony required his own gold buggy to transport him as the half-human character due to the weight of his huge costume.
“”I played Grawp in Harry Potter: The Order Of The Phoenix, and it was one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever done,” he told Female First.
“”I was weighed down with these huge monster feet that were so heavy, that I could never get into the canteen and back in time.”
As well as Harry Potter, Tony appeared alongside Johnny Depp in film Sleepy Hollow – and embarrassingly “choked on a cigarette”.
He told Soap Inside magazine: “Very early on in my career, I worked with Johnny Depp on the film Sleepy Hollow.
“At the time, I’d stopped smoking for three years – but Johnny invited me for a roll-up round the back of the set, and I couldn’t say no!
“So, there I was trying to look cool with Johnny, while choking on a cigarette. It’s been a pretty lovely career.”
Tony burst onto the soap scene in the early noughties in Where The Heart Is and Peak Practice before taking to Benidorm.
He portrayed Kenneth DuBeke in the ITV sitcom, leading him to land roles in Secret adn Words, as well as comedy series The Job Lot.
He also went on to star in Emmerdale across five episodes as Aaron Livesy’s defence barrister, Gerald Lawson.
He also briefly appeared in Corrie 30 years ago, playing a drinker in a pub, before starring as an extra in a scene with Alec Gilroy.
After landing his more permanent position at Corrie, he told Lorraine Kelly he felt his career had come “full circle”.
He said: “Corrie was my very first job out of drama school. I did a scene with Roy Barraclough, so here I am back 30 years later.”
Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV