Siblings Barbara Briggs
|Name Johnny Briggs|
Years active 1947 – present
|Born 5 September 1935 (1935-09-05) Battersea, London, England|
Children Karen Briggs, Stephanie Briggs, Jennifer Briggs, Anthony Briggs, Michael Briggs, Mark Briggs
Parents Ernest Briggs, Rose Briggs
Spouse Christine Allsop (m. 1975–2006), Caroline Sinclair (m. 1961–1975)
Movies and TV shows Coronation Street, Au Pair Girls, No Hiding Place, The Leather Boys, 633 Squadron
Similar People Anne Kirkbride, William Roache, Eileen Derbyshire, Barbara Knox, Elizabeth Dawn
Died 28 February 2021 (aged 85)
Coronation Street actor Johnny Briggs dies aged 85 | ITV News
John "Johnny" Ernest Briggs, MBE (5 September 1935 – 28 February 2021) was an English actor. He was best known for his role as Mike Baldwin in the soap opera Coronation Street, in which he appeared from 1976 to 2006 and again in 2012 in the Text Santa special as a ghost. He received a lifetime achievement award at the 2006 British Soap Awards for his thirty years of contribution to the soap.
A graduate of the Italia Conti Academy stage school, where he was a contemporary of Lorna Fendall and Anne Hart, Briggs also had roles in a number of other British shows including Crossroads, The Saint and No Hiding Place, as well as several Carry On films.
In 2005, Briggs announced his intention to leave the role of Mike Baldwin. He cited the hectic filming schedule as the main reason for his departure from Coronation Street. His final scenes in the show were recorded on 13 March and broadcast on Friday 7 April 2006, when his character (who had been ill with Alzheimer's disease for several months) collapsed and died in the arms of Ken Barlow in the street after suffering a heart attack.
Despite suggesting he was to retire from acting after leaving Coronation Street, Briggs made appearances in both Agatha Christie's Marple and Holby City in 2007, as well as the short-lived ITV soap opera Echo Beach. In 2012 on 21 December he also appeared in a Coronation Street sketch to raise money for the charity Text Santa.