Nick Cochrane appears on the new series of Piers Morgans Life Stories to talk fondly about his Coronation Street colleague Beverley Callard the subject of one of the shows. Nick Cochrane has known Bev Callard since he was 15 when she played his on screen mum Liz McDonald to his character of Andy McDonald. In real life, Nick Cochrane and Bev Callard have also worked on other business projects and are good friends. The show will feature Nick Cochrane and several other stars and colleagues speaking fondly of Bev Callard.
The show will air on 24th January 2014 on ITV1 as part of the current series of Piers Morgans Life Stories to coincide with Bev Callard return to Coronation Street.
Nick Cochrane – Biog
Nick Cochrane was born in Manchester and at the age of 15 was plucked from school to audition for the role of ’Andy McDonald’. Within a few weeks he joined the cast of ITV1’s Coronation Street with his first appearance in the infamous Blackpool tram accident episode in 1989, the show that night was seen by 21 million viewers.
He spent the next decade on the cobbles of Weatherfield as Andy McDonald with memorable moments including; hilarious driving of a JCB truck, sibling rivalry and fights with his brother Steve, romances good and bad, in addition to storylines covering serious issues like alcoholism, when Andy’s relationship with dad Jim (played by Charlie Lawson) led to him drinking heavil forcing a striking confrontation.
In 1997 Nick’s character Andy left Weatherfield to go to Spain where he remains an English teacher. Nick has since reprised his role as Andy in 2000, 2004 and 2009 to support his brother Steve played by Nick’s friend and former school mate Simon Gregson.
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Nick Cochrane has had several other television roles, these have included playing the Golf Pro ‘Barry Scripps’ in ITV1′s ‘Heartbeat’, which gave Nick the perfect opportunity to work on his 15 handicap!.
Other television guest appearances have included ‘Loose Women’ (ITV1), ‘Canada AM’ (national breakfast TV) ‘The South Bank Show’ (ITV1), ‘Live and Kicking’ (BBC1), ‘To Me To You’ (CBBC), ‘Confessions’ (ITV), ‘Win Lose or Draw’ (ITV1) and most recently Nick recorded ‘Celebrity Eggheads’ for BBC2 to air in late 2013.
In addition Nick Cochrane has contributed to many Coronation Street related entertainment shows and documentaries over the years to most recently include ‘Farewell Liz’, a tribute to Beverly Callard in 2011. Other shows all for ITV stations or for commercial DVD release have included; ‘A Nightmare on Coronation Street’, ‘The Kids from Coronation Street’, ‘Women of Coronation Street’, ‘Coronation Street Through the Keyhole’, ‘The Stars of the street 50 years 50 classic characters’, ‘Happy Birthday Coronation Street’, ‘Classic Coronation Street’, ‘Coronation Street Secrets’ and ‘Coronation Street The Macdonald Family Album’.
He has also turned his hand at Television presenting with appearances on Granada TV and MUTV were Nick notably interviewed football legend Roy Keane and the world’s most famous footballer David Beckham OBE.
In addition to giving countless radio interviews Nick has also presented and guest presented on radio for a number of commercial stations including nationally on talkSPORT.
Nick Cochrane has starred in the No.1 nationwide tour of ‘Spring and Port Wine’ with the Middle Ground Theatre Company touring venues including London, Oxford, Manchester, Crewe and Brighton amongst others. The tour received critical acclaim and was a Manchester Evening News theatre award winner.
Nick has appeared in numerous successful pantomime productions, raising the roof on hundreds of performances and playing to sell out audiences around the country. He has appeared in the timeless fairy tale stories Jack and The Beanstalk, Aladdin and Cinderella playing many classic panto roles like Buttons, Genie of the Lamp and Prince Charming.
Nick has topped the bill in pantomime at several venues including Cannock, Cambridge Corn Exchange, The Mansfield Palace, Pomegranate Theatre Chesterfield, St Helens, Leamington Spa and Llandudno.
2012 was a successful year for Nick Cochrane with a sold out Canadian theatre tour ‘Tales from the Street’ which saw him and other Coronation Street stars talk candidly about the nation’s longest running soap Coronation Street. Nick starred with other Coronation Street favourites at several venues across the country and was an executive producer of the tour which earned rave reviews.
In Spring 2012 he starred in a 2 week half term run of Aladdin in Billingham. In autumn viewers got a chance to see some classic Corrie footage of Nick as Andy McDonald on ITV’s The Corrie Years. He also joined forces in November to open a new supermarket branch with Coronation Street pal Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts) in Manchester.
Nick also recorded a guest appearance on BBC2’s Celebrity Eggheads to be aired this Christmas 2013 before finishing the year off starring as Buttons in Cinderella at the St Helens Theatre Royal, returning to the venue for his second consecutive season following a superb 2011 pantomime season.
2013 has so far seen him star in a new play ‘Heart and Soul’ at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre (formerly the Neptune Theatre) for a 4 day initial run which sold out and earned great reviews. Nick then followed this up with a sensational performance at Easter topping the bill as the Scarecrow in an adaptation of The Wizard of Oz at the St Helens Theatre Royal.
Christmas 2013 sees him star in pantomime as Smee in Peter Pan at the St Helen’s Theatre Royal.
In his spare time Nick Cochrane enjoys playing and watching most sports, he lives in Manchester with his wife Denise and two children Sam and Lucia.