Hello and welcome to A Slice Of Soap! Big news today. It emerges that Corrie heartthrob Rob James Collier is apparently quitting because women (and maybe some men too) find him too attractive. No, really! He’s won the Sexiest Male award at the British Soap Awards two years in a row and it’s made him unhappy.
Famous for playing The Street’s Liam Connor, the soap hunk reluctantly accepted the award voted for by the public with a little dig at the whole thing: "Thanks for this award which really reflects acting ability." Ooooo-errrrr missus! Get you! Ouch!
Well, I don’t know about you, but if I’d voted for Rob, I’d be a bit miffed at that. Even if he doesn’t appreciate the sentiments behind the award, it’s still voted for by fans.
Where would he be without the people that adore him? They’re the same people that have put him in a position where he feels he can now leave Coronation Street behind.
Rob told New! magazine: "In a way this is why I am glad to be leaving the show. You can work your nuts off acting-wise, but as soon as you appear on screen in a towel, bingo, you’re the sexiest male." Determined to become a "serious actor", he has vowed not to sign on the dotted line until the right role comes along. He said: "I won’t be doing panto. I want to be taken seriously as an actor and that means landing the right part." OK. Whatever.
It’s fine to want to be taken seriously, but two genres guarantee TV actors work in this country and one of them is the genre Rob James Collier’s leaving: soaps. The other one is the one that he won’t do: panto. Terrestrial TV broadcasters can’t afford to invest in quality dramas like they used to pre multi-channel TV so he’d better polish his singing tonsils for a stage musical (like Brookside’s Claire Sweeney) or polish his American accent and head to the US like ex soap stars Anna Friel and not-quite-famous Sean Maguire (has he done anything that’s been a hit and made him a name yet?). Will Rob James Collier make it outside of Corrie? Maybe. Let’s just hope he doesn’t put his name to a flop like screen brother Sean Gallagher, last seen in Rock Rivals.
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