Apparently, many fans of Coronation Street have been angered that the show’s bosses are “recycling” actors after it transpired that Joe Duttine, who’s currently playing the role of Faye Windass’ dad Tim Metcalfe, has previously played the role of a policeman on the show.
Joe played cop Max Carr in 2010, and was seen questioning Gail McIntyre (Helen Worth) over the death of her husband, Joe, who was played by Reece Dinsdale.
The Sun reports, “The amazing reincarnation has left loyal viewers accusing ITV of treating them like idiots.”
Viewer Amanda Pickering took to Twitter to say, “Do the producers think we’ll have forgotten last time Joe Duttine was in #corrie he played a policeman?”
And Angela Francis added, “#Coronation Street seems to be reusing its bank of actors over and over again. #TimMetcalfe.”
In addition, a Twitter fan called Mrs McIntosh remarked, “You’d think they’d credit the audience with a bit more savvy.”
Of using Joe in two roles, a Coronation Street spokesman said, “Joe is a talented actor who brings something completely different to the role of Tim Metcalfe than he did to his previous role.”
And of course, the business of using actors in more than one role is not a new trend on Corrie or other soaps for that matter.
Coronationstreet.wikia.com report that Madhav Sharma has played three roles in Coronation Street as Dr Sinha in 1973, Ranjiv Alahan in three episodes in2004 and Prem Mandal in 2008.
Likewise, Katherine Dow Blyton has had no less then five roles in Corrie as first, Nicola Owens, the ex-girlfriend of Terry Duckworth in July 1996, then as Dr Groves in November 1998, another unnamed Doctor in December 1999, Liz Morrisey, buildings manager for the Medical Centre in February 2001 and finally, immigration officer Niamh McQuillan in April 2007.
Personally, I couldn’t care less if actors land multiple roles! How do you feel about it?
For now, here’s a reminder of Joe starring in another drama…