Peter Armitage (actor)

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Peter Armitage
Peter James Armitage

(1939-10-23)23 October 1939
Died30 November 2018(2018-11-30) (aged 79)
Years active1969–2018

Peter James Armitage (23 October 1939 – 30 November 2018)[1][2] was an English television actor who trained at the East 15 Acting School.[3] He was a regular on British screens from the 1970s onwards.


Armitage had three spells as the character Bill Webster on long-running soap opera Coronation Street, appearing in the role in 1984 (for six months), then from 1995 to 1997 and again from 2006 to 2011. He had previously appeared as a different character playing a painter and decorator in two episodes in 1977. In 2014 Armitage stated in an interview that he hoped to return to the series after successfully battling bowel cancer.[4][5]

His other TV credits include The Befrienders, Couples, Jack the Ripper and Hearts and Minds. He also appeared in Lucky Feller, a short-lived sitcom starring David Jason.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Armitage lived in Cross Hills, North Yorkshire[7] and subsequently in Cononley near Skipton.[8]

Armitage died of a heart attack on 30 November 2018, aged 79. He is survived by two adult children.[1][9]


  1. ^ a b Hayward, Anthony (6 December 2018). "Peter Armitage obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Coronation Street actor Peter Armitage dies age 78". 5 December 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  3. ^ "East 15 notable alumni". Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  4. ^ "'Corrie' Star Wants Soap Return After Beating Cancer". HuffPost UK. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  5. ^ Earp, Catherine (26 February 2014). "Corrie star beats cancer, wants return". Digital Spy. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  6. ^ Hildred, Stafford; Ewbank, Tim (3 September 2012). "Sir David Jason - A Life of Laughter". John Blake Publishing. Retrieved 5 December 2018 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "Cross Hills, North Yorkshire has plenty to trumpet about". Yorkshire Life. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  8. ^ Crawford, Sue (26 February 2014). "Corrie Bill Webster has beaten cancer and wants to get on the cobbles". Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Peter Armitage dead: Coronation Street star who played Bill Webster dies aged 78". Retrieved 5 December 2018.

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