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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY - AFRO-BRITISH " DEAN FAGAN " IS A BRITISH ACTOR WHO IS A STAR ON CORONATION STREET - GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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A ACTOR DEAN FAGAN Coronation Street star Dean Fagan lands new role - as theatre director for new production in Salford
Corrie hunk Dean has teamed up with his Salford University pals to launch a new theatre company - and is directing their first production in April
BY DIANNE BOURN

Coronation Street star Dean Fagan is directing his own theatre production called The Collector at Salford Arts Theatre, starring Mark Frampton and Louise Pridding

We're used to seeing him on screen, but Coronation Street star Dean Fagan is to go behind the scenes as director on a new theatre production.

Dean and his pals from student days at Salford University have set up a new theatre company, Perfectly Flawed, and are preparing to showcase their first production in April at the Salford Arts Theatre.

It’s a theatre adaptation of the brooding John Fowles novel The Collector, which will star Mark Frampton as the obsessive Frederick Clegg who kidnaps beautiful young art student Miranda Greg, played by Louise Pridding, after winning the pools and buying a remote country house to keep her imprisoned.

Dean, who plays Corrie heart-throb Luke Britton, has been working on the production in between his filming commitments on the soap.

It has been a project in the planning for seven years since the group of friends from Salford University, including production manager Emily Foster, first met 7 years ago.

He says: “We’ve always wanted to work together, but we’ve never got the chance before. Now we’ve all found the time, we’ve found the right play and it was my New Year’s resolution to make it happen.”

Dean Fagan has new role - as director of new play in Salford

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And how is he finding the power of the director’s chair? He laughs: “I’m quite good at bossing people around! It’s strange at first directing your friends and telling them what to do but I’ve absolutely loved the challenge.”

Dean, from Withington, had an unconventional start to his acting career.

He had initially planned to become a bricklayer - but when applying for a course at Stockport College happened to see a sign for performing arts instead!

Dean says: “When I was at school I just followed what my mates were all doing so I was applying to be a bricklayer. But when I got to college the guy I was supposed to see was on his lunch, so I had an hour to spare and happened to see the sign for performing arts, and that was that!

“You don’t really know what you want at the age of 16, but you soon find what your passions are in life, and my passion is to create things, and try and get people to see something they’ve never seen before.”

He has been seen on screen as hunky mechanic Luke on Corrie since March 2014, although he tells me his first day on set was rather hairy.


He recalls: “It was a bit embarrassing because on my first day playing a mechanic I managed to stall a Ford Capri, right when everyone was on set watching and laughing!

“They ended up having to push me into the shot, so that must have been a great first impression!”

The Collector, which is suitable for audiences over 16, will play at the Salford Arts Theatre from April 23-25.