Coronation Street actor Charlie Lawson’s life away from the soap including mini stroke and the tragic death of his wife

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Coronation Street star Charlie Lawson has played Jim McDonald on the Cobbles since 1989.

The star, 61, is a rolling character who pops up now and again, but has not appeared on the soap this year.

So what is he up to?

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Here’s is everything you need to know about the actor’s life off screen…

Who is Charlie Lawson?

Charlie Lawson is an actor from Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

After learning at Campbell College in Belfast, he went on to study at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

What else has Charlie Lawson starred in?

Aside from being a soap legend, the star has also appeared in many hit shows including Doctors, The Bill, and Brotherhood.

It may surprise you to learn that in 2009 Charlie featured in an advert for hot dogs that ran in Germany.

The star was filmed alongside an eight-foot-long Frankfurter which was overdubbed with the catchphrase “"Look at the size of my sausage”.

Is Charlie Lawson married?

Charlie Lawson has been married twice. His second wife Lesley Bond tragically passes away aged 55 back in 2010.

Speaking on Loose Women the actor revealed that the police had initially thought that her death was a murder.

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He said: "Given the fact she had had a very unhappy life through no fault of her own – in the early 80s if you got depressed you were given large doses of Diazepam and Valium, and she became hopelessly addicted and moved on to alcohol.

"And then she had a sad end and I had to go identify the body.

"She had a massive accident with a nasty injury on her skull, and the police thought she had been murdered.

"That doesn’t leave you."

Charlie is now dating Debbie Stanley, and they have been together for 11 years.

In an interview with The Mirror the actor said of his ex wife: “I still miss her.

"Debbie is my girl but Lesley has a special part of my heart and always will have.”

How is Charlie Lawson's health?

The actor suffered a mini stroke back in 2018 during a performance of an play.

He told The Daily Star: “I remember, two weeks before, being diagnosed with exhaustion and having what can only be described in my heart as a betrayal by my director, who shall remain nameless.

“It caused me great grief, which led in turn to not sleeping, which led in turn – in the end – to literally having a TIA on stage.”

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He then went on stage and went momentarily deaf, and thought his co-star were reciting the wrong lines as he saw white lights.

Although he missed two performances he is fine now, although he recently told the Belfast Telegraph that it "emotionally destroyed" him.

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