Colson Smith just can’t get enough of Corrie – even making it a part of his life away from the cobbles.
The 23-year-old actor first joined the cast of the soap as Craig Tinker back in August 2011, with the teenager joining mum Beth on a date with Steve McDonald.
Originally only brought in for two episodes, the Tinkers proved popular with viewers are were brought back full-time at the start of 2012.
Colson, who moved to Yorkshire when he was five, continued his education while acting in Corrie until 2016 and is now a full-time member of the cast.
Craig was in a relationship with Bethany Platt and has regularly clashed with her uncle David, but in real life he is incredibly close with co-star Jack P Shepherd.
When Jack split up from his former fiancee, Jack and Colson moved in together in Manchester-based bachelor pad in 2018.
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The pals lived in trendy Salford Quays, just a stone’s throw away from the Corrie studios, along with fellow actor Freddie Bolt.
They were known for throwing a few wild parties at their £300,000 flat and Jack was pictured passed out in the lift after one boozy night.
While living together, Jack admitted living with Colson was a “challenge”, explaining: “I have to teach him about life and things, and I do his washing.
“He’s like my little project – my nickname is ‘Dad’.”
But the good times couldn’t last forever as Jack ditched Colson to move in with his new girlfriend in June 2019, leaving the young actor without a place to stay.
Fortunately, Colson got another Corrie co-star housemate in the form of Nick Tilsley actor Ben Price.
“It’s a little bit like the changing of the guard, the colour of troop or whatever it’s called,” said Colson on the podcast Sofa Cinema Club, which he makes with Jack and Ben.
Jack replied: “I’ve handed over the baton. I’m saying, ‘I’ve had that for a year, you deal with that.’ I’ve moved in with my girlfriend, thankfully.”
While Ben explained: “It was like, ‘The lease is up, you’re having him.’”
The trio get on like a house one fire but it hasn’t all been plain sailing off-screen – as Colson and Jack once had a furious row which could have made for a dramatic Corrie episode.
Tempers flared when he sustained a painful foot injury after going for a run on Christmas Day and was unable to get medical help because of lockdown.
Things got tense when Jack asked Colson to create a logo for their podcast merchandise, but the David Platt star admitted it “looked a bit s***”.
Revealing all on their podcast, Colson explained: “I was like, ‘It’s not going to f***ing look like that is it? That’s why I’ve done that’.”
“He hasn’t got a clue what’s going on because he left school at eight to go an entertain people.
“I was so tempted to turn around and say, ‘Jack, do it yourself.’ But I thought, ‘No, I’m going to battle on with him because he’s just being awkward’.”
Having remained silent throughout the rant, Jack added: I just wasn’t sure about them being white, that’s all.”
Colson has actually described Ben as a “second father” and praised his colleague for supporting him through his weight loss journey.
The young actor lost 10 stone during an incredible 18-month transformation which he filmed in his documentary ‘Bored Of Being The Fat Kid’.
Colson, who decided to make major changes to his life, explained: “Me not being fat and not looking the way I look it’s me trying to change everything about my life to start again to make me feel good about myself.
“Never liked the way I look, I’ve never been content. It was quite a challenge to get me right while everything going well. Always seemed impossible.”
The real life transformation actually coincided with Craig losing weight on Corrie when he joined the Weatherfield police force.
“Craig is to undergo a transformation… I have to do it too,” said Colson. “I want you to watch Craig lose weight on telly, I will show you how Colson has done it in the real world.”
He added: “I had a very bad relationship with food. It was negative. It was bingey. It was probably an eating disorder. It was self-harm. But I talk about that more in the documentary.”
It was actually Ben who played a huge part in helping Colson put the documentary together and was the main interviewer.
“Ben was so supportive. Because I started on a bit of a diet and a bit of a plan, it’s incredibly selfish. It’s a selfish way to live your life and Ben is the person I spend the most time with out of anyone,” he explained in May.
“When I was telling him about telling my truth in my way… I am not doing a fancy piece for a magazine, [He said] ‘I know I can’t write a book because I can’t spell but I think I can make a film about it, what do you think? and Ben said yeah.”
While Colson mays an integral part of the soap, he did actually take a break from Corrie earlier this year to work as a farmer.
The actor stepped away from the cobbles for a month to work on a farm with sister Hannah, who is a vet, during lambing season.
Speaking on his podcast in April, he said: “April is lambing season and I’ve got the call up – I’m in for lambing season,” he revealed.
“I’m off work for the whole of April, so I’m going to be there lambing. It’s going to be great.”
Lifting the lid on what he’s been up to on the farm, Colson admitted it was “full one” but he enjoyed it more than he initially thought he would.
“I finished work and I got a call saying: ‘You need to come and help out, we need some help on the farm.’
“I’m a top farmer. I can drive the tractor, I’m good at that kind of stuff.”
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