Bruno Langley

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Bruno Langley
BrunoLangley.jpg
Langley in 2015
Born (1983-03-21) 21 March 1983 (age 35)
Taunton, Somerset, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–
Television Coronation Street
Children 1

Bruno Langley (born 21 March 1983) is an English actor. His first major role came in 2001 when he made his debut as Todd Grimshaw in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. He returned to Coronation Street in 2007 and 2011 for brief stints before returning full-time in 2013.

In October 2017, a spokesman for the show confirmed that Langley's Coronation Street contract had been terminated.[1] Manchester police later said that he had been charged with two counts of sexual assault,[2] charges to which he pleaded guilty on 28 November 2017.[3]

Early life[edit]

Langley was born to Australian parents in Somerset, but grew up in Buxton, Derbyshire.[4] He attended Harpur Hill Primary School and Buxton Community School. He trained at the North Cheshire Theatre School[5] in Heaton Moor. Along with his sisters he was a member of a number of junior string orchestras in which he played cello.[6]

Career[edit]

Film and television[edit]

From 2001 to 2004, Langley played the character of Todd Grimshaw in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. As the first openly gay character on the show, Langley developed a large gay following.[7]

He had also appeared in Coronation Street on 4 August 2000 as Darren, then boyfriend of Candice. He also had a semi-regular role from 2001 to 2002 in Linda Green as Philip "Fizz" Green, the eponymous character's younger brother.

While on leave from Coronation Street, he has played roles such as the part of Adam Mitchell in the 2005 series of Doctor Who appearing in two episodes, "Dalek" and "The Long Game", and provided an audio commentary for the DVD of these episodes.[8] He also filmed a small role in the feature film The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse,[9] released in June 2005, as well an episode of Dalziel and Pascoe[10] and the little-seen film Halal Harry in 2006, and read Horace for BBC Radio 7.

He returned to Coronation Street for a twelve episode guest stint in 2007.[11] In April 2011 Langley returned to Coronation Street for a one episode appearance.[12] In June 2013 it was announced that Langley was returning to Coronation Street as a regular character[13] and his character returned in the episodes screened on 4 November. Langley's contract with Coronation Street was terminated in October 2017.[1][14]

Theatre[edit]

In the summer of 2005, Langley made his stage debut in an acclaimed run of Romeo and Juliet opposite fellow ex-soap actress Scarlett Alice Johnson at Stafford Castle. Taking on the role of Romeo, The British Theatre Guide described Langley as, 'immediately comfortable with the verse, finding no difficulty in being the lovesick youngster before he's gripped with passion for Juliet. Later he convincingly shows a tantrum-like immaturity at his banishment.'[15]

On 30 October 2005, he appeared on stage at the Old Vic in London in the one-night-only play Night Sky with Christopher Eccleston, Navin Chowdhry, David Warner, Saffron Burrows and David Baddiel.[16]

In the spring of 2006, Langley appeared in Life Imitates Art at the Camden People's Theatre, Camden.[17] Also in 2006 he was seen in a production of A Taste of Honey, taking on the role of repressed gay art student, Geoffrey. In his role as Geoffrey, Langley was described as, 'quietly impressive, poignantly conveying Geoffrey’s unending loyalty with ease.'[18] The production toured the UK extensively and played a short run at the Richmond Theatre.[19]

Beginning in May 2008, he appeared in the premiere stage run of the new musical Sleeping Beauty starring opposite fellow Coronation Street alumna Lucy Evans at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.

Langley also appeared in the stage show Flashdance the Musical.[20] with Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Bernie Nolan and Noel Sullivan. Langley received positive reviews for his role as Jimmy Kaminsky, with What's On Stage stating, 'Bruno Langley also fares well as Jimmy, particularly when he has the chance to showcase his fine voice in the second act.' [21] and Lindsay Corr stating in the Edinburgh Guide that, 'Bruno Langley as Jimmy shows acting doesn’t have to take a back seat in musical theatre, as he twitches about the stage in his grey hoodie and delivers his number, ‘You Can’t Keep Me Down’, with understated aplomb.'[22]

In 2010-11 he joined the tour of Calendar Girls,[23] in the role of the young photographer, Lawrence. In reviewing the Liverpool Empire Theatre production of the show, Liverpool Sound and Vision said Langley, 'gave outstanding moments of beautiful comic timing as young photographer Lawrence that it’s no wonder he was asked back to reprise his role from last year.'[24]

In November 2012 he began playing Giles Ralston in the 60th anniversary tour of The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie.[25]

Music[edit]

Langley played the cello until the age of 16 when he decided to pursue a career as an actor. In addition, he plays the piano. In 2010 he formed a band, Bruno Langley and the Wonderland Band. In a 2011 interview with Dianne Bourne of the Manchester Evening News, he stated, "I’ve been acting on and off ever since the age of 17, but always in between jobs I’d sit at the piano and write songs, and sing different songs. A year and a half ago I got a band together, we had a few rehearsals, I had fun doing it and it's gone from there really."[26] The band performs songs from the 1950s as well as taking modern tracks and arranging them into jazz, blues and swing styles. Langley has stated he does the arrangements himself.

As a musician, Langley performed at Manchester Pride in 2011.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Langley was in a relationship with Victoria Roscoe, a beautician, from 2004–12. Roscoe gave birth to their son, Freddie, in May 2007.[28] In November 2013, Langley revealed he and Roscoe had ended their relationship but were sharing the upbringing of their son.[29][30]

Sexual assault conviction[edit]

In October 2017, a woman complained to ITV that Langley had harassed and sexually assaulted her at a Manchester music venue.[2] After an internal investigation into the woman's allegations, Langley's contract with Coronation Street was terminated with immediate effect. His character continued to appear on screen until December 2017.[1][14][31] On 30 October, police confirmed that Langley had been charged with two counts of sexual assault.[2] Langley appeared in court on 28 November and pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault. He was sentenced to a twelve-month community order and forty days of rehabilitation activity. Additionally, he is required to observe a curfew, wear an electronic tag, pay compensation to his victims and register as a sex offender.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001–02 Linda Green Philip "Fizz" Green 6 episodes
2001–04, 2007,
2011, 2013–17
Coronation Street Todd Grimshaw 816 episodes
2003 Stars in Their Eyes: Coronation Street Special Himself / Robbie Williams
2005 Doctor Who Adam Mitchell 2 episodes: "Dalek" and "The Long Game"
2005 Dalziel and Pascoe Jason Parker 2 episodes

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2005 The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse Damon
2006 Halal Harry Eric the Milkman

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Romeo and Juliet Romeo Stafford Castle
2005 Night Sky Ali Old Vic
2006 Love Trilogy Part One: Life Imitates Art Nathan People's Theatre, Camden
2006 A Taste of Honey Geoffrey Richmond Theatre
2008 Sleeping Beauty Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
2008 Flashdance The Musical Jimmy
2010 Intimate Strangers Tarquin Olivier Vaudeville Theatre, London
2010–11 Calendar Girls Lawrence / Liam
2012–13 The Mousetrap Giles Ralston

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bruno Langley has left Coronation Street, soap bosses confirm". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Pidd, Helen (30 October 2017). "Coronation Street actor Bruno Langley charged with sexual assault". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Ex-Coronation Street actor Bruno Langley admits sex assaults, BBC News, 28 November 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  4. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0486505/bio
  5. ^ Plymouth Herald, 'The Return of Bruno' (October 2012). http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/return-Bruno/story-17072019-detail/story.html
  6. ^ \ Bourne, Dianne (11 May 2011) 'Why the musical Langleys are a real family of note', Manchester Evening News
  7. ^ "Todd to leave the Street". BreakingNews.ie. 22 April 2004. Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2007. 
  8. ^ BBC press office 'Doctor Who'
  9. ^ Saney, Daniel (20 October 2004). Bruno Langley in movie 'League'
  10. ^ BBC: Dalziel and Pascoe Episodes
  11. ^ What's on TV (19 October 2007). 'Corrie Chiefs want Bruno back'
  12. ^ Digital Spy (19 April 2011).
  13. ^ 'Bruno Langley Returning to Coronation Street'(6 June 2013).
  14. ^ a b "Bruno Langley axed from Coronation Street". Radio Times. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  15. ^ British Theatre Guide (2005)
  16. ^ English Pen: Night Sky.
  17. ^ The New York Times: Theatre Guide.
  18. ^ What's On Stage 'A Taste of Honey (tour) Archived 14 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ Woodcok, Mike. (May 2006). A Taste of Honey at The Crucible. BBC.
  20. ^ FlashDance The Musical
  21. ^ What's on Stage 'Flashdance - The Musical (tour)
  22. ^ Corr, Lindsay (18 September 2008) 'Flashdance the Musical' Edinburgh Guide
  23. ^ Mail Online (28 March 2011).
  24. ^ Liverpool Sound and Vision 'Calendar Girls, Theatre Review'(24 August 2012)
  25. ^ Banyard, Natalie (25 April 2013). Coronation Street's Bruno Langley on Bristol stage in The Mousetrap. Bristol Post. Archived 23 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ Bourne, Dianne (11 May 2011) 'Why the musical Langleys are a real family of note'
  27. ^ manchesterpride.com 'Friday Interview' (4 February 2011) Archived 12 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ Hilton, Beth (1 November 2007). "Langley wanted to avoid baby's nappies". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 November 2007. 
  29. ^ Byrne, Paul (7 November 2013). "Bruno Langley is back in Coronation Street but the actor is nursing a broken heart". Mirror. Retrieved 7 November 2013. https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/coronation-street-bruno-langley-back-2683370
  30. ^ Radio Times (4 November 2013) http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-11-04/coronation-street-bruno-langley-on-being-a-dad-sexy-photo-shoots-and-todd-grimshaws-return
  31. ^ "'Coronation Street': Bruno Langley Leaves The Soap". Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 

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