Tony Warren

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Tony Warren on the Coronation Street set
Tony Warren (Anthony McVay Simpson, MBE (1936–2016) was an actor and television scriptwriter, best known as the creator of Coronation Street.

He was born in Pendlebury, Lancashire. He trained at the Elliott-Clarke theatre school in Liverpool, and adopted Warren as a stage name in his early acting career.

Personal life

Warren was openly gay from his early years on Coronation Street, at a time when homosexuality was illegal. He said that he experienced homophobic treatment from some of the other writers.[1] Warren also battled with drug and alcohol addiction before attending rehabilitation.[2]


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  1. "Corrie creator's jail fear" Manchester Evening News
  2. Digitalspy – "50 years of Coronation Street"]