Corrie: Andrew Lancel to star in panto while Phillip Middlemiss is declared bankrupt!

Among an assortment of Corrie cast news today is the report that former star Andrew Lancel – who of course played villain Frank Foster – is to star in panto this Christmas in Liverpool, and an article in the Manchester Evening News which states that former star Phillip Middlemiss, who played Des Barnes, had been declared bankrupt.

More on that in a moment, but first, of Andrew landing a role in panto, he revealed the news yesterday while appearing on Matthew Wright’s Channel 5 talk show, The Wright Stuff.

He said, “I will be doing a panto, yes. There’s lots of rumours about it – I’m going to be doing one in Liverpool, I’m proud to say.

“I’m going home for Christmas and it’s in association with the Echo Arena. It’s going to be quite an event!”

He didn’t reveal what role he would be playing, but it pretty much has to be a baddie doesn’t it?

But back to the news that Phillip Middlemiss has been declared bankrupt, the MEN reports that the order was lodged with court appointed officials after he failed to pay a tax demand.

Phillip – who starred in Corrie from 1990 to 1998 – told the paper that his finances went awry when he invested in a project to make a film.

He explained, “It was partly-funded by myself but I didn’t have the money to fund the rest of the film.

“Filming came to a grinding halt. It was nearly three-quarters of the way along the line.

”It has been a difficult time. Three-and-a-half years is a long time to fund myself without any income. I have had to get money from family and friends.

”They [the HMRC] applied for whatever they said I owed in back taxes. I disputed it and disputed it again.

”I was waiting for money to come in but I didn’t have enough time so they petitioned for bankruptcy.

“I have petitioned for an annulment and that takes about six weeks to get done.”

But of course, he’s not the only former Corrie star to be beset by financial woes, and Bev Callard, who played Liz McDonald, has also recently been declared bankrupt, as was Bruce Jones, who played Les Battersby.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.