CORRIE star Nick Cochrane, who played Andy McDonald, has revealed he fears his character will make a comeback but be played by another actor.
The Andy McDonald favourite spent seven years on the cobbles as Steve’s more sensible and steady sibling.
Since being axed from Coronation Street in 1987, he’s returned for several cameo appearances but he has revealed in the Distinct Nostalgia podcast that he’s terrified of Andy being handed a meaty new part and soap chiefs casting a new actor.
Nick said: “What I dread is Andy coming back and it’s not me because, let’s be honest, that could happen, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.”
Soaps have a history of recasting characters with new actors.
Dawn Acton played Tracy Barlow before Kate Ford was handed the role and Nick Tilsley has been played by three actors with Ben Price the latest star in the role.
Nick, 46, said his first episode was when Alan Bradley died under a Blackpool tram and it was watched by 22 million people.
But he said his role as staid pint puller Andy in the Rovers began to stagnate before he was written out.
He said: “I was Betty in trousers though I couldn’t cook hotpot.”
And the star – who last year appeared in Doctors and has several stints in panto under his belt – said he blamed himself for not “mithering” bosses for meatier plots.
He added: “That’s not my game and I think I was overlooked. I was picking up plenty of episodes because I was always in the Rovers in other people’s episodes so it was easy money.”
And he added he was axed before the explosion of reality TV celeb shows.
The dad-of-two added: “Timing was a bad thing. If I’d have been another five years, eight years later when you’ve got I’m a Celebrity, Celebrity Big Brother, celebrity cook shows, I’m a celebrity mowing my lawn, I could have made a very good living out of not doing anything to be honest and being filmed doing it.”