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Celebrity Big Brother 2013 Housemate: Bruce Jones

Celebrity Big Brother 2013 Housemate: Bruce Jones

Age 60; Star Sign Aquarius; Home Town Towyn, North Wales;

Bruce Jones is an English actor, best known for his role as cab driver Les Battersby in Coronation Street.

He was born in Manchester and then lived with his grandmother in Wales, where he joined his school drama group at the age of eleven. Bruce’s first big break came in 1993 when he was cast as the lead of Bob Williams in the film Raining Stones by director Ken Loach. The film went on to receive great critical acclaim and won the Evening Standard Awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay. Bruce was presented with the European Actors Award.

Bruce married Sue Margaret Bailey on 12th June 1971 at St. Oswald’s Church, Collyhurst. The couple had two sons, John and Stephen, and divorced in 1982. In 1984, Bruce then married Sandra and the couple had two children and lived in Marple.

In 1995, Jones had a role as a prostitute’s client in Band of Gold. In 1997, he had a small part in the hit film The Full Monty. He played one of the men auditioning to be one of the strippers, and he received the Stage Actor’s Guild Award. He also appeared in the Shane Meadows film Twenty Four Seven with actor Bob Hoskins in 1996, before joining the cast of Coronation Street.

In 1998, he pleaded guilty to drink driving after being found more than twice over the limit and was banned from driving for three years. By 2000, his boozing became so heavy he checked into the Priory.

Over the following years Bruce gained numerous credits for film and television productions including Benidorm, Heartbeat, Celebrity Wife Swap, A Touch of Frost, Famous, Rich and Homeless and The Dark Side of Fame with Piers Morgan.

Updated: Thursday 22 August 2013