Coronation Street’s Sean Wilson is unrecognisable 16 years after Dancing on Ice and quitting fame to make cheese


CORONATION Street star Sean Wilson has left fans shocked after stepping away from the lime-light following his Dancing On Ice appearance.

The actor – who played Martin Platt in the ITV soap – took to the ice the year after his character, who spent two-decades on screen, emigrated from the cobbles.

Sean first appeared in Coronation Street in 1985
The soap star took part in Dancing On Ice in 2006

Sean, 56, now lives a far quieter life away from the silver screen after more than twenty years on TV in Silent Witness, Casualty and Corrie.

Starring as Martin in a whopping 1,641 episodes, he was a firm fan favourite and well-known for his youthful clean-shaven appearance and thick brown locks.

Sean was said to have been axed from the show after he refused to take part in a storyline which saw his character get romantically involved with a teenage girl.

He wrote in his book, The Great Northern Cook Book, of his decision to leave – explaining: “By 2005 I knew my tenure on the Street had to end.

“An editorial decision was made that Martin should embark on an underage relationship, something that made me uncomfortable.

“I picked up my coat and left in September in that year ending 21 years of massive fun with a fabulous on-set family. I will act again, but never with Corrie.”

Sean returned briefly to the soap in 2018 – years after he competed in the first series of skating competition Dancing On Ice, where he was eliminated fifth.

Shortly after, the star stepped back from the celebrity world entirely to follow his passion and focus on a career as a chef and cheesemaker.

Now unrecognisable with shorter, greying locks, the star has cooked in a number of Michelin-star restaurants and has his own company, Saddleworth Cheese.

He released his first book, The Great Northern Cookbook, in 2012 – and had an accompanying Channel 5 TV series released in 2013.

Sean isn’t the only Coronation Street star that’s now unrecognisable, with fans left shocked by one of the character’s changing appearance over the years.

Hunky actor Sam Robertson, 36, was just 18 when he joined the cobbles as Ken Barlow’s bad boy grandson Adam.

And pics from the soap show a baby-faced actor with floppy hair – a far cry from the chiselled heartthrob viewers have grown to love.

Adam Barlow first hit the notorious street in 2004 after baby-faced Robertson dropped out of his drama and English course at Manchester Uni to throw himself into the role.

The Martin Platt actor is now a cheesemaker and now sports greying hair