Michael Starke (actor)
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13 November 1957 |
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Michael Starke (born 13 November 1957) is a British actor best known for his role as Thomas 'Sinbad' Sweeney which he played for 16 years in the soap opera Brookside. Starke claimed in an interview with 'The Times' that he quit the show as he was exhausted by the relentless workload. He also criticised the producers for failing to develop his character following the conclusion of the Jordache murder story and claimed he regretted not leaving with his onscreen girlfriend played by Sandra Maitland in 1995. Prior to that, he played several guest roles in the programme.
He appeared in the pantomime Cinderella in Southport over Christmas 2005, alongside Stuart Wade from Emmerdale, and in Aladdin during Christmas 2006, along with comedian Syd Little, in York. He also appeared in the play No Holds Bard, alongside Andrew Schofield.
In 2007 he joined the cast of Coronation Street as the head of new family the Mortons as Jerry Morton, who owns a kebab shop. He, along with the rest of the Morton family, left the show in September 2008 due to a new producer wanting the show to go in a new direction.
His daughter Hayley Starke appeared on the ITV show Grease Is the Word and made it onto the live shows; she finished in sixth place.
In recent years, he has starred in many touring productions of West End musicals, including playing the role of Edna Turnblad in the first UK tour of Hairspray and originating the role of Monsignor Howard in the first UK tour of Sister Act the musical. He appeared in the action thriller film ″Jack Ryan : Shadow Recruit″ released in 2014, directed by Kenneth Branagh
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- Kilkelly, Daniel (12 March 2014). "Doctors casts former Brookside actors in guest roles". Digital Spy. (Hearst Magazines UK). Retrieved 12 March 2014.
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