Coronation Streets Dennis Stringer actor swaps cobbles for the council in career change
Coronation Street actor Charles Dale reveals the unusual huge career change he has made after 20 years as a soap star.
The actor played Dennis Stringer on the show from 2000 to 2002, until his shocking and dramatic exit from the show.
Now, Charles has swapped acting for politics and is now up for election in his local council.
However, the 59-year-old has admitted this isn’t the end for his acting career and he definitely isn’t retiring.
Charles took to Twitter to open up on his surprising career move and penned: “Long story short, I am standing for election for my local council.”
"Today a staff member from my local paper came into my shop (another long story, and no, I haven’t retired) and asked me if I wanted to pay £50 to have my name and contact details put in the paper alongside the other candidates.
"I said 'no thank you', now I don’t know about what you, but I think that’s something a local paper should perhaps “report on” rather than charge for."
His fans were delighted that the TV star was hoping to make an impact on his community.
One commented: "Well done you standing for election."
As another added: "Well done, hope it all goes well for you. Keep us informed how you are getting on. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you."
A third added: "Best of luck fella hopefully less toxic than national politics."
Charles landed the role in Coronation Street back in 2000 and over the years had challenging storylines.
Dennis began a relationship with Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) early into his time in the series, before he had an affair with Janice Battersby and both left their partners for each other.
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In an emotional episode, Les tried to take his own life, but Dennis was able to find him and rush him to hospital.
However, on the way the duo got into a car crash and in a shocking twist Dennis died.
The actor also starred in Casualty from 2007 until 2016, where he played hospital porter MacKenzie "Big Mac" Chalker.
Charles has also appeared in several dramas including Belonging in BBC Wales from 1999 to 2009, as well as A Touch of Frost, The Bill, New Tricks and The Pembrokeshire Murders.
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