(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog December 2012, reposted to this blog with permission.)
Mikey North, who plays Gary Windass in Coronation Street, has been honoured with a Young Achiever Award.
Mikey was given an Achievement in the Arts award at the 20th Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards, held in Harrogate last week
Established to support Yorkshire’s deserving young people, the Foundation and its Awards night have now raised a total of more than £900,000 and Mikey was recognised in honour of his acting achievements.
The Scarborough News reports Mikey loved acting from an early age and played in local theatre productions and at the National Youth Theatre before his major breakthrough playing Cock Dave in Bottle Universe at the Bush Theatre in London, for which he won Best Newcomer 2005 in the British Theatre Guide Awards.
More theatre productions saw him working across the UK, with plays including Monster at the Royal Exchange in Manchester; Glen at York Theatre Royal and a national tour of Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads.
He began working in television, including Waterloo Road, The Bill and Doctors, and recorded radio dramas.
He joined Coronation Street as Gary Windass in 2008 and has shone in a number of strong storylines, one of them leading to a nomination for Villain of the Year in the British Soap Awards.
Well done to one of Coronation Street's best actors, playing one of my favourite characters.
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