Steven Arnold

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Steven Arnold
Born (1974-12-12) 12 December 1974 (age 41)
Warrington, England

Steven Arnold (born 12 December 1974, Warrington, England) is an English actor best known for his role as Ashley Peacock in the long running hit show Coronation Street.

Early life[edit]

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.


Steven and his younger brother, Kevin, both appeared in the Granada Television series Children's Ward. Steven 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.

Coronation Street[edit]

In 1996 he made his debut on Coronation Street 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 "fuming" with the decision, and how his character would be leaving the soap.[1] He made his final appearance on 8 December 2010, where his character Ashley was killed in the tram crash.

Dancing on Ice[edit]

Steven appeared on the sixth series of Dancing on Ice which aired in 2011. He became the first celebrity to get voted off when the competition started properly. He was partnered with Nina Ulanova. He was in the skate-off with Dominic Cork and Alexandra Schauman. Steven was criticized for lack of commitment to the show after oversleeping and missing a day of choreography.[2]


Steven, who still lives in Warrington, has also played Neil in You, Me and Manley and has worked on the BBC Radio 4 play The Distance Between Stars.[citation needed]

He is also a patron for 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.

He competed in the BBC's Winter Wipeout series in March 2012 Total Wipeout (celebrity special) and finished third.

He has also appeared in an episode of Casualty.

In 2013, he played writer Terry Ravenscroft in Cissie and Ada: An Hysterical Rectomy, a stage show based on Cissie and Ada, the characters played by Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough.[3]

He is currently appearing with Hard Graft Theatre Company in Thick as Thieves at Oldham Mumps.