12 December 1974|
He was educated at Sir Thomas Boteler in Warrington where his drama teacher suggested he try for a part in a National Film and Television School production called This Boy's Story. This film went on to win a British Academy Film Award (BAFTA) for Best Short Film in 1991.
Arnold and his younger brother, Kevin, both appeared in the Granada Television series Children's Ward. He returned for another series of Children's Ward as Joe Lloyd and worked on the medical information film Growing Pains before making his BBC debut as a courier in the Patricia Routledge series Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. He also played a character called Rob in an episode of The Bill and a role in Common As Muck before returning to Granada to play Darren in the medical series Medics with Tom Baker and Sue Johnston. He also played Neil in U Me And Marley (BBC), and Ant in Distance Between The Stars for BBC Radio 4.
In 1996, he made his debut on Coronation Street portraying Ashley Peacock and soon he was made a regular character, marrying Maxine Heavey who was eventually murdered by Richard Hillman. Ashley then married Claire Casey in 2004. It was announced on 25 April 2010, that Arnold's character Ashley and on-screen wife Claire would leave the show at the end of the year after being axed by new producer Phil Collinson. Arnold was said to be happy about leaving in such a dramatic fashion for the Live 50th Anniversary of the show. He made his final appearance on 8 December 2010, where his character Ashley was killed in the tram crash. He has been nominated for Best Actor at the National Television Awards in 1999 and Most Popular Actor at the British Soap Awards 2003 for his time in Coronation Street. Arnold was also involved in the live 40th anniversary episode, And also performed in the closing ceremony of the 2002 Manchester commonwealth games in front of HRH
Since leaving Coronation Street, Steven Arnold has enjoyed a successful stage, TV and film career, including; - Mack Sennett/Syndney Chaplin/Weldon/Mr Holling in The Charlie Chaplin Story (UK Tour 2016) - Bottom in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' - CSM Rivers in 'The Accrington Pals' - Steph Aston in 'Thick as Thieves' - Pop Larkin in 'Darling Buds of May' - Cubby Gordon in 'Concrete Boots' - Shere Khan in 'The Jungle Book' - David in 'Broken Strings' - Terry Ravenscroft in ' Cisse and Ada: An Hysteical Rectomy'(Uk Tour) - Speaker in 'Tales Of The Street' (Canadian Tour) Filmography includes; Simon in 'Swingers Part 2'(Cannned Media Productions) John Crouch in 'Let Sleeping Dog's Lie' (Ivory Films) - Milo in ' This Is Jayde - A One Hit Wonder (Happy Pup Films) -Steven Marshall in 'Thirteen Cars' ( London Boy Films) Duncan in ' Valentines ' (canned Media Productions) - Chief Inspector Holt in " The Blazing Cannons (Happy Pup Films) - Jethro in A 'Dish Served Cold, (Happy Pup Films) - Jack Mally in ' Off The Record (Canned Media Productions) - Simon in Cheese On Toast (Sky Television) - Gavin in 'Evicted' (Canned Media Productions) - Michael King in 'First Love' (Best Film Productions) - Steven in 'The Butterfly Girl (Happy Pup Films) - Adam in 'Margie's Garden' (Anderson Shelter Productions) - Billy Ball in 'Womble' (Best Film Productions) - Perry in 'Blood Feud' (King Brother Productions) - Chief Inspector Holt in 'The Blazing Cannons (Happy Pup Films) - Will in 'Bare'(Council Child Productions) - Spike Green in 'Casualty' (BBC) - Mr Finchbottom in 'Justin's House' (BBC) - Himself in ' Dancing On Ice (ITV) - Simon in Swingers (Canned Media Productions) - Dave Cundy in 'One Man Down (London Boy Films) Steven has also played parts in over fifteen pantomimes including- The King in 'Sleeping Beauty' - Mr Darling/Captain Hook in 'Peter Pan' - Buttons in 'Cinderella, - Hickory/Scarecrow in 'The Wizard Of Oz' - Pc Pong in 'Aladdin'- Smee in 'Peter Pan' - Dandini in 'Cinderella'- Man In The Mirror ' Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs - Aladdin in 'Aladdin' - Jack In 'Jack And The Beanstalk. During this time Steven was nominated for best stage actor for his portrayal of David in Broken String at the stage offie awards in 2016.
He is also the co owner of psychotastic productions with his partner. Every production they put on they donate 25% to the phoebe research fund. He is also a patron for three charities: Phoebe Research Fund, funding research into recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB), a genetic, life limiting skin disease; The Shannon Bradshaw Trust, a Warrington-based children's charity helping children with life-threatening conditions and their families; and Victoria's Wish, a North East-based children's charity.
In 2015 he co directed his first film Evicted with lee Howard.(canned media productions) and went on to co direct a further four more films with them. Valentines, Swingers, Swingers 2 and Off the record. Arnold has also co produced two films with Mark Noyce (Happy Pup Films) A Dish Served Cold and The butterfly Girl.
He competed in the BBC's Winter Wipeout series in March 2012 Total Wipeout (celebrity special) and finished third.
Arnold was a talented amateur boxer winning area titles.
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