Who did Peter Armitage play in Coronation Street and when did he leave the soap?

Who did Peter Armitage play in Coronation Street and when did he leave the soap?

We take a look at his life and times in the spotlight…

Who was Peter Armitage?

Peter famously played retired builder Bill Webster in Coronation Street.

After first appearing on the cobbles in 1984, actor Peter later returned for a two-year stint from 1995 to 1997.

He most recently featured as a main character between 2006 and 2011.

His other TV credits include The Befrienders, Couples, Jack the Ripper and Hearts and Minds.

It was revealed on December 5, 2018 that Peter had passed away aged 78 – the cause of death is still not known.

Why did Peter leave Corrie?

Peter left Corrie in 2011 after being told by producer Phil Collinson that there was no future for his character.

But in 2014 Peter revealed he would like to return to Corrie after successfully beating bowel cancer.

He said: "I’ve put my life on hold for the past few months, but as soon as the ileostomy is reversed – hopefully next month – I’d like to get back to work again.

"It’s 30 years since I first started on the cobbles and I’ve always come in and out."

What have Peter's Corrie co-stars said about his death?

Pal and co-star Charlie Lawson, who plays legendary Jim McDonald, tweeted: “It’s with great sadness, that I’ve to tell you my great old friend Pete Armitage has died. RIP mate.”

Simon Gregson, who stars as Steve McDonald in the ITV favourite, said: “I loved Pete what a lovely man very sad RIP lovely man.”

Jane Danson, who plays Leanne Battersby, added: “So sorry to hear this, lovely man . Thoughts to family and friends.”

And Maria Longchambon, who stars as Maria Connor, wrote: “So sorry to hear this Charlie. Pete was such a lovely man.. he’ll be sadly missed.”

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