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UCLan worker stars in Corrie

15 August 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Paul walks the cobbles of famous street 

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) staff member will tread the famous Coronation Street cobbles next week after he was picked to star in a dramatic fight scene with Craig Charles.

Paul Stenton, who also works at UCLan’s Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, will play the part of racist thug Mark who threatens Lloyd Mullaney, played by Craig Charles, while on a lads’ night out.

Mark’s altercation with Lloyd will show Paul in six scenes on Monday 19 August as his character grabs Lloyd by his collar after a row breaks out.

Paul said: “I took part in a few physical scenes with the characters Lloyd and Paul that involved grabbing and wrestling against a wall. I spent two days on set and it was great fun playing in scenes with lots of drama and tension. I’m looking forward to seeing it on screen.”

The 45-year-old actor is no stranger to Coronation Street after playing the part of a prison officer in 2003 when Les Battersby was jailed. He has also appeared in Emmerdale, drama series Wire in the Blood and Hollyoaks to name a few as well as having a list of TV commercials and theatre performances to his name.

“I spent two days on set and it was great fun playing in scenes with lots of drama and tension. I’m looking forward to seeing it on screen.”

Paul has been acting for the last ten years after first studying for a BTEC in Performing Arts at Preston College before completing an acting degree at Salford University and joining an acting agency.

Throughout this time Paul has worked at UCLan and is now a Duty Officer at the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre where he also teaches exercise classes.

The married father of one who lives in Ashton said: “Being a fitness instructor is quite similar to acting really. Teaching a class is a performance with an interactive audience so I always really enjoy my work.”

Preview Paul’s Corrie appearance in the Radio Times.