Tony Warren, creator of television’s longest-running soap opera Coronation Street, passed away on 1 March 2016 after a short illness. He was 79.
Warren created the ITV soap in 1960 based in the fictional district of Weatherfield in Greater Manchester.
About Tony Warren
• Born on 8 July 1936 as Anthony McVay Tony Simpson, Warren was also an actor and created other television dramas and wrote critically acclaimed novels.
• He attended Clarendon Road Primary School and Eccles Grammar School.
• He trained at the Elliott-Clarke theatre school in Liverpool.
• He adopted Warren as a stage name in his early acting career.
• He became a regular on BBC Radio Children's Hour and acted in many radio plays, performing with many actors who became household names through Coronation Street.
• In 1994, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire.
• He made a cameo appearance in the 50th anniversary live episode of Coronation Street in December 2010.
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