John Ernest Briggs
5 September 1935 Died 28 February 2021 (aged 85) Occupation Actor Years active 1962–2009, 2012 Known for Role of Mike Baldwin in (1976–2006) Coronation Street Spouse(s)
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John Ernest Briggs (5 September 1935 – 28 February 2021) MBE was an English actor.  He was known for his role as  Mike Baldwin in the soap opera , in which he appeared from 1976 to 2006.
Briggs was born in
Battersea, south-west London, on 5 September 1935. His father was a master carpenter.   He was  evacuated from London during the Blitz campaign of World War II. He was awarded a scholarship to train at the  Italia Conti Academy stage school when he was 12 years old. There, he learned alongside  Millicent Martin, Nanette Newman and Anthony Newley.
One of Briggs' first acting roles was in
(1948), alongside Quartet George Cole. Briggs also worked as a stagehand at the Windmill Theatre, before completing two years of  national service with the Royal Tank Regiment in Germany. 
Upon his return to acting in 1955, Briggs worked in theatre and made his television debut in
The Younger Generation with John Thaw. He featured in the police drama  , as well as a few No Hiding Place . Carry On films He also had roles in a number of other British shows, including  , Crossroads , The Saint and The Persuaders! . Thick as Thieves 
In 2005 Briggs announced his intention to leave the role of Mike Baldwin in
Coronation Street, citing the hectic filming schedule as the main reason for his departure. After appearing in 2,348 episodes, he filmed his final scenes in the show on 13 March 2006 and they were broadcast on 7 April. Briggs' 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.
Briggs' last theatre appearance was at the
Manchester Opera House in the 2007 pantomime in which he played the father of Cinderella alongside former co-star Tina O'Brien.
Despite suggesting he was to retire from acting after leaving
, Briggs made appearances in both Coronation Street and Agatha Christie's Marple in 2007, as well as the short-lived ITV soap opera Holby City in 2008. Echo Beach  In 2009, Briggs appeared in long running daytime soap  . In 2012, he appeared in a Doctors Coronation Street sketch to raise money for the charity . Text Santa
Briggs had an apartment in Portishead Quays,
Portishead, Somerset and a house in  Florida, United States. He was a keen golfer.
In 2006, Briggs received a lifetime achievement award at the
British Soap Awards for his thirty years of contribution to the soap. He was awarded the  MBE in the 2007 New Year Honours.  
Briggs died on 28 February 2021, at the age of 85, following a long illness.
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