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 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. Steven has been nominated for best actor at the national television awards in 1999. Most popular actor at the British soap awards 2003 For his time in coronation street. And also nominated for best actor on stage for his portraly of David in broken strings at The Stage Offie awards 2016.

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.[1]


Since leaving Coronation Street, Steven Arnold has enjoyed a successful stage and film career, including; - Mack Sennett/Syndney Chaplin 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' Filmography includes; - Gavin in 'Evicted' (Canned Media Productions) - Michael King in 'First Love' (Best Film Productions) - Adam in 'Margie's Garden' (Anderson Shelter Productions) - Billy Ball in 'Womble' (Best Film Productions) - Perry in 'Blood Fued' (King Brother Productions) - Will in 'Bare'(Council Child Prouctions) 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] Steven has also played parts in over ten pantomimes playing characters Buttons, Captain Hook, Aladin,Jack, Smee, Scarecrow, Dandini, PC Pong, 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.[2]

In 2016 Steven was cast by British film producer, Mark Noyce to play Inspector Holt in the feature film The Blazing Cannons.[3]


  1. ^ "Warrington's Coronation Street star Steven Arnold leaving Dancing on Ice". Liverpool Echo. 
  2. ^ Stephenson, John-Paul (12 September 2013). "Interview: Steve Nallon #1 – "A celebration of Les"". Giggle Beats. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cast list on IMDb".