It's with great sadness that we announce the death of Johnny Briggs, who played Mike Baldwin. He passed away peacefully this morning, with family by his side.
Some of Johnny's friends and colleagues have made the following statements.
John Whiston, MD Continuing Drama & Head of ITV in the North"The whole Coronation Street family is deeply saddened by the death of Johnny Briggs. For years Johnny was right at the centre of the show, playing the part of Mike Baldwin and bringing to the role huge energy, dynamism, professionalism and credibility.
"When Mike Baldwin was in a scene it was very hard to look at anyone else. And it was that charisma which made him irresistible to the women of Coronation Street, and to viewers.
"He truly was one of the most iconic characters The Street has ever known. We wish Johnny's family all our condolences."
William Roache, Ken Barlow"So sorry to hear about Johnny. Mike Baldwin and Ken Barlow were arch enemies for many years, but as an actor, Johnny was impeccable, always good, and I was so fortunate to have worked with him for so many years. He was a strong character who will be greatly missed.
"I send my love to Johnny on his journey and to all those who are bound to miss him, he was an iconic Coronation Street character.
"Love you Johnny!"
Helen Worth, Gail Rodwell"I am very sorry to hear the sad news, I have many happy memories of working together with Johnny, Mike Baldwin was one of the street's most memorable characters."
Sue Nicholls, Audrey Roberts"I am very sad to hear the news. Johnny was a great friend, I knew him before I started in Coronation Street and he was always great fun to be around.
"I have been watching classic Coronation Street recently and it has brought home to me what a truly great actor he was. He played the part of Mike Baldwin so well that, despite all Mike’s ducking and diving, you were always on his side.
"Although he left the show fifteen years ago he will always be part of the Street and its history. I send my love and condolences to his family."