EX-Coronation Street star Bruce Jones reveals he’s sick of being called Les Battersby more than 12 years after he left the ITV soap.
Bruce became a household name with the introduction of his character in 1997, but the constant attention is getting too much for him now.
Now he wants everyone to know: his name is not Les, it’s Bruce.
“Les’ character will never go,” the 66-year-old told the Daily Star.
“I sometimes say: ‘My name’s not Les, it’s Bruce’ – especially when it is just someone shouting it across the room.
“It really does get on my nerves. I just ignore it. My name is not Les.”
Les arrived in Weatherfield alongside wife janice (Vicky Entwistle), his 16-year-old daughter Leanne (Jane Danson) and 15-year-old step-daughter Toyah.
The character was most well-known for having outspoken opinions and following English rock band Status Quo.
However, Bruce was suspended from the soap in May 2007 after allegedly getting drunk with an undercover reporter.
During the interaction, he reportedly revealed the top secret outcome of the Tracy Barlow murder trial.
He denied all the allegations against him at the time and said the comments had been taken out of context.
The actor released a statement at the time: “I have had a fantastic time at Coronation Street but the time has come to move on and try my hand at other things.
“I have already had some very exciting offers and am looking forward to what the future holds.”
Since then, he has appeared on Celebrity Come Dine With Me, Celebrity Big Brother, and several pantomimes.
He will appear on screens in an upcoming Netflix documentary on the Yorkshire Ripper, where he will speak about his discovery of Peter Sutcliffe’s first victim Jean Jordan on an allotment in Chorlton, Manchester, in 1977.