Coronation Street’s Colson Smith taking a break from soap to help out on farm

Coronation Street star Colson Smith has revealed he's swapping Weatherfield for a farmers field for the month of April.

The 22-year-old actor, who plays Craig Tinker in the ITV soap, is taking a well-deserved break from filming the serial drama.

He's got four weeks off work and is spending his spare time helping his sister Hannah, who works a vet, during lambing season on her farm.

Speaking on the Sofa Cinema Club podcast, Colson explained: "April is lambing season and I've got the call up – I'm in for lambing season.

"I'm off work for the whole of April, so I'm going to be there lambing. It's going to be great."

"It's been full-on. I finished work and I got a call saying: 'You need to come and help out, we need some help on the farm.'

"I'm a top farmer. I can drive the tractor, I'm good at that kind of stuff.

He added: "My family has all been brought up in the countryside. They are all very outdoors-y, academic, smart people.

"And then there's me. I'm a bit of a townie, because I wanted to be an actor when everybody else wanted to live by the fat of the land sort of thing.

The soap star went on to reveal that he help out when a clan was born recently.

Colson said: "So I was called to action because there had just been a calf born. So I went to feed the calf. I was quite good.

"I had to milk its mum by hand, which was quite interesting because I was touching its teats and I didn't even know its name.

"I rocked up in my Yeezys to go and do all this work."

Colson hit the headlines last year after he flaunted his dramatic weight loss online.

He reportedly decided to overhaul his life after getting out of breath while chasing after shoplifters as his Corrie character.

Since then, the young star is said to have lost a whopping 10st and is near unrecognisable from his old self.

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He took up running and made the most of lockdown with plenty of home workouts, which he documented on his Instagram.

Colson joined Coronation Street as a child actor back in August 2011.

Outside of the ITV soap, the actor hosts the Sofa Cinema Club podcast with his co-stars Jack P Shepherd and Ben Price, who play brothers David Platt and Nick Tilsley.

Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm

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