Street Life: The Bryan Mosley Story

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9780002740821: Street Life: The Bryan Mosley Story

The fascinating, authorized biography of the late Coronation Street star who played the grocer, Alf Roberts.

For twenty three years the late Bryan Mosley played Alf Roberts in Britain’s most successful soap. He replaced an actor who was so drunk he couldn’t learn his lines. In contrast Bryan was squeaky clean and a shining example of a Christian gentleman as much loved on the set as he was by the nation.

Bryan Mosley was the third longest running actor in the Street and had a wealth of stories to tell about the early days, the actors, the management and the viewers he met. From his days selling books door to door, through his agonies turning professional, to the excitement of national fame, this is a riveting story of forty years in the profession.

As a practising Roman Catholic and formerly a Methodist, Bryan had strong and sometimes controversial beliefs. In Street Life he shared what he discovered about fame, fortune and faith.

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In 1961 Bryan Mosley auditioned for the fledgling ITV series 'Coronation Street'. He tried for a new character, a corner shop grocer, and Alf Roberts was born. For the next thirty-eight years Alf was a regular part of Britain's most popular soap. His face was familiar to 20 million viewers each week.

In real life Bryan was very different from the grumpy, flustered buffoon he played. 'Street Life' tells of a man with a deep sense of humour, sensitivity and compassion for others. Bryan was remarkable in show business for his lifelong devotion to his wife and children and for his unshakeable faith.

As well as taking a fascinating look behind the scenes of 'Coronation Street', 'Street Life' tells of Bryan's work with stars including Dame Judi Dench, Roger Moore, Michael Bentine, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. He also performed in front of the Queen and was featured on 'This is Your Life'

He's such a lovely, honest, genuine man, and to work with him is a pure joy.'
KATHY STAFF (on 'This is Your Life')

'In show business it is not easy to find and keep true friends. My life has been enriched by having and enjoying one of those rare friendships with Bryan Mosley.'
DEREK WARE

About the Author:

Bryan Mosley spent much of his acting life in Coronation Street. Previously he was a comedy character actor and appeared in Carry On films. He died in 1999.

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