Corrie fans emotional as soap pays tribute to Mike Baldwin star Johnny Briggs
1st March 2021

Coronation Street paid tribute to the late Johnny Briggs ahead of Monday evening’s episode, leaving fans emotional as they reminisced over his legacy on the cobbles.

Waltzing into the soap in the 70s as Mike Baldwin, Johnny was a favourite with viewers, ruling Weatherfield over three decades.

His family confirmed he died peacefully on Saturday aged 85, passing away after "a long illness, with family by his side”.

Ahead of the episode, a continuity announcer confirmed the episode was dedicated to the soap star's memory.

The spokeswoman said: “Heading to the cobbles now and both of tonight’s episodes of Coronation Street are dedicated to Johnny Briggs, who played Mike Baldwin."

After the announcement, the episode continued as normal, leaving fans to quietly pay their own respects to the late actor.

And, as the second episode drew to a close, a picture of Johnny appeared with the words: "In loving memory of Johnny Briggs."

Below, his date of birth and death were listed in a poignant tribute to his legacy on the screen.

The official Corrie account then tweeted: "Tonight's episode was in loving memory of the incomparable Johnny Briggs, who played Mike Baldwin."

Taking to Twitter, one emotional viewer wrote: "Very sad great actor. May he rest in peace."

"Never forget," added another.

And a third chimed: "Awww such a lovely tribute to Johnny Briggs."

Actor Johnny decided to leave the soap 15 years ago, bidding a fond farewell with Mike dying in scenes that have gone down in Corrie history.

Having suffered from Alzheimer's for several months, the famous ladies' man suffered a shock heart attack in April 2006.

Breaking hearts nationwide, Mike died in pal Ken Barlow's (William Roache) arms in the middle of the street.

Johnny played Mike for 2,348 episodes, debuting on the show as a market stallholder back in 1976.

An MBE, the legendary Corrie star appeared to have taken a step back from his acting career in recent years, preferring to spend his time with family and golfing.

Since news of his death broke, Johnny's fellow Corrie stars have shared memories of their time with the actor, praising his warmth and charisma on set.

William Roache said: "Mike Baldwin and Ken Barlow were arch enemies for many years, but as an actor, Johnny was impeccable, always good, and I was so fortunate to have worked with him for so many years."

While Sue Nicholls, who plays Audrey Roberts, wrote: "He played the part of Mike Baldwin so well that, despite all Mike's ducking and diving, you were always on his side."

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