ITV Stephen actor had three different Corrie roles and married his soap co-star

Actor Graeme Hawley has plenty of famous connections.

He is currently starring in ITV crime drama Stephen alongside the likes of Steve Coogan, which focuses on the horrific murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993.

But his connections are even more far-reaching than the Alan Partridge star, as he once starred as an iconic Coronation Street character.

From 2007 until 2011, Graeme appeared as iconic soap villain John Stape, father to Hope Stape and former husband of Fiz.

John’s journey on the iconic cobbles went from a teacher embroiled in an affair with pupil Rosie Webster, to serial killer.

John returned to the street as Colin Fishwick after serving time in prison for the affair with Rosie and in order to teach again.

He witnessed the death of the real Colin, going on to murder his colleague Charlotte Hoyle and Colin’s mum Joy Fishwick.

Graeme’s character was finally killed off in October 2011 in a car crash after kidnapping Rosie – but was nominated for the Soap Awards Villain of the Year award in both 2009 and 2011 at the British Soap Awards.

But John Stape wasn’t Graeme’s only role on the cobbles.

He also appeared twice as Desmond Worthing in 2001, and in one 1998 episode as an unnamed policeman.

Soaps seem to be his calling, as he has also starred in a whopping 32 episodes of Emmerdale from 1998 until 2005 as DC Martin Crowe and as a character called Dave.

The actor also appeared in Heartbeat spin-off The Royal as Arthur Graham in 2005, and in a 2014 episode of Casualty.

He’s even starred as three different characters in BBC medical soap Doctors.

But his famous connections don’t stop there – the Coventry-born actor is actually married to fellow actor Elianne Byrne, star of Where the Heart Is.

Elianne also made her name in soaps, having appeared in six episodes of Emmerdale as a nurse, and named characters Stephanie Ray and Chrissy Roberts.

In 2020, she appeared in two episodes of Hollyoaks as Ms Clement, and has also appeared in Heartbeat, Doctors and The Royal.

Graeme’s time in Corrie very nearly overlapped with his wife’s – she appeared as a probation officer in two episodes of the soap in 2013, and as a paramedic back in 2002.

Now he is starring as Tricky in three-part ITV drama Stephen – a sequel to the 1999 programme about the case titled The Murder Of Stephen Lawrence.

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