Colin Barnes was the younger brother of Des Barnes , played on a recurring basis by actor Ian Embleton for a period of seven years between and Colin had affairs with pub landladies Liz McDonald and Natalie Barnes his former sister-in-law, and last appeared after the funeral of Natalie's son, Tony Horrocks , when he is questioned by the police on suspicion of his murder. Colin had blamed Tony for causing Des's death and had made a scene at the funeral. Colin told the police that he was with Natalie at the time Tony was killed in order to give himself an alibi.
Charlie Whelan was played by John St. Ryan from December to October Lorry driver Charlie makes himself a regular at the Rovers due to his romantic interest in landlady Bet Gilroy , recently divorced from her husband Alec. Bet was flattered by the attention, and Charlie won her over. They began dating and Bet fell deeply in love with him, but her heart was broken when barmaid Tanya Pooley was attracted to him.
Tanya seduced Charlie and the attention of the younger woman led him to dump Bet and the pair ran off together. Charlie returned two weeks later and revealed that Tanya was using him and their brief affair was over. He pleaded with Bet to take him back, but she rejected him and Charlie left once again, this time for good.
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As the day wears on, Lucille still doesn't return. Frank is unconcerned but Harry thinks the police ought to be called. Lucille arrives, having been Christmas shopping for presents for Esther and her father. She's forgiven for giving them a scare. Linda and Ivan arrive for Christmas.
The police call at No. This wiki. This wiki All wikis. He has never had singing lessons, but as a boy he learned to sing by singing along to music, for example; songs by Ella Fitzgerald , Mahalia Jackson and Frank Sinatra.
When he was 11 years old he went to Plymouth College , an independent boarding school, because his parents thought this would give him a good education.
However this made him unhappy, as he did not fit into the academic and sporting environment at the school at that time. One summer he went to Pathfinder camp on the isle of Jersey. Ball was interested in the theatre and his father took him to see shows in the school holidays, including a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre of King Lear , which impressed him as a youngster of about 14 years' age. He joined a youth theatre, which led to his studying drama at Guildford School of Acting , where he found an environment that suited him.
As a student he went busking on Saturdays in Guildford town with a female student friend to earn a little extra money. He graduated in After his graduation, Ball's singing career rapidly got off the ground. His maternal grandmother, having a musical ear, was proud of Ball's early singing achievements; she died suddenly, however, of a heart attack about one week before his debut in The Pirates of Penzance.
See also: Complete list of stage credits. In , after he had left drama school, Ball's first part was in Godspell at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, after which he worked for a few months in rep in Basingstoke,  but his first major break was a star part in the production of The Pirates of Penzance at Manchester Opera House ; at an open audition he was selected from about applicants who formed a queue to do singing, acting, and dancing interviews, which were held in three separate rooms.
These also started happening at other times, such as when he was going to work. Thames Television invited Ball to sing during the Miss England contest, a live televised event, and he sang well enough despite suffering from anxiety.
When he viewed a recording later, he realised that no one would have noticed how nervous he was, and he became less worried about his anxiety problem. Mackintosh thought that Ball would not be under too much pressure as Raoul, and that the part was right for him.
Alone Together was his one-man show first performed at the Donmar Warehouse which was reprised in for the Singular Sensations season at the Haymarket. In he took on the role of Caractacus Potts in the Sherman Brothers musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang , which was largely considered his comeback role. In , with 10 days' notice, he replaced Michael Crawford as Count Fosco in The Woman in White after poor health forced Crawford to give up the role.
He was, however, forced to leave the show because of a viral infection supposedly caused by the fat suit required for the role; this reportedly raised Ball's body temperature by several degrees during the show.
He spent the first quarter of on complete vocal rest, following the illness that caused him to leave The Woman in White on Broadway.
Ball performed a wide range of musical theatre numbers, including several by Andrew Lloyd Webber. He also won the Whatsonstage. The show premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre for six weeks starting 24 September before transferring to London in March Ball is a concert artist: he tours frequently around the United Kingdom and has also performed concerts in Australia and the United States. He has also had success in the charts with his recording work.
Since reaching Number 2 in the UK Singles Chart with "Love Changes Everything" from Aspects of Love , Ball had lesser success with follow up singles , but in the main has concentrated on releasing albums, all of which achieved gold status within weeks, and in the case of The Movies album in , platinum in seven weeks released 26 October, confirmed platinum status on 12 December.
The single reached number 20 in the UK, while an eponymous album released in the same year reached number 1. The DVD also included a brand new "Unplugged" session which Ball recorded especially with four other musicians in the studio. It was released on 20 November Ball took part in many promotional activities at the end of the to coincide with the release of his album One Voice. Towards the end of , Ball recorded his 15th solo album for release on 15 October of that year. The album features songs all written by Burt Bacharach and is entitled Back to Bacharach.
Promotional activities took place throughout October and November for these releases including appearances on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and Loose Women. The album reached number one in the UK album charts and, although Ball has had many hits, this is his first solo number 1 selling album in 26 years.
He has recorded 3 albums with Alfie Boe. Their cover of " You'll Never Walk Alone " reached number one in the UK Singles Chart on 24 April, not only giving Ball his first chart-topping single at the age of 57, but also making Moore the oldest ever person in history to score a number one hit.
Ball has also turned his hand to presenting both on TV and radio. These three episodes were combined together to make a special which was then broadcast on BBC One. He guest presented This Morning for a short period. He has presented the show on several occasions since. On 29 December , Ball was a contestant on a celebrity Christmas edition of Catchphrase.
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