Local actor lands role in Coronation Street

AN ACTOR from Normanton is set to walk down TV's most famous cobbled street with a role in top soap opera.

Reece Dinsdale, famed for his role as Matthew Willows in sitcom Home to Roost, will start filming for Coronation Street within the next few weeks. He will play the father of another street newcomer, Tina, the long-suffering girlfriend of troublemaker David Platt.

Mr Dinsdale, 48, said: “I’m looking forward to joining TheStreet enormously. I’m really looking forward to starting filming within the next couple of weeks.”

The actor was born in Normanton and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1977 to 1980.

His early roles included Albert in the Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime series and as Jimmy Kemp in Threads, a drama about a nuclear attack on Sheffield.

But it was Home to Roost that really put him on the map, starring as John Thaw’s son in the long-running comedy.

More recently he was seen in BBC veterinary drama The Chase, where he played vet Rick. He has also appeared in several films including 1994’s I.D. where he played an undercover policeman who became embroiled in the world of football hooliganism.

But Mr Dinsdale isn’t Normanton’s only famous son.

Actor Matthew Booth’s career is also taking off.

Mr Booth, 31, of Old Snydale, is half-way through a massive four-month tour with Hull Truck Theatre Company playing Jack in Our House.

Since leaving Emmerdale in 2004, where he played postman Paul Marsden, Mr Booth has been working non-stop with the company, and is looking forward to a break.

He said: “Touring with Hull Truck has been cracking, but hard work, and I’m looking forward to a well-earned holiday when the tour finishes in June. After that, who knows?”

Another of Normanton’s successful sons, comic artist Dave Golding, is also looking forward to hitting the big time with his latest offerings of graphic novels, which are going down stormingly at home and abroad.

Issue two of The Hunter is now finished and Mr Golding, who formerly lived in Queen Elizabeth Drive but now lives in Leeds, has been nominated for six prestigious Eagle Awards for his hard work, the BAFTAS of the comic world.