Where Coronation Street star Bruce Jones is now, from being axed from soap to becoming a murder suspect

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If you’re a die-hard Coronation Street fan then you may well remember Bruce Jones who played the part of Les Battersby.

The actor left his role as the taxi river in 2007, but what has been up to since? Let’s take a look…

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Who is Bruce Jones?

Actor Bruce Jones was born on 24 January 1953 and he is 57 years old.

Born in Manchester, Bruce started off in the world of showbiz in a comedy duo with a friend and they made their way around the club circuit as "Clarke and Jones.”

It was then in 1993 that Bruce’s acting career started to take off as he was cast as Bob in the Film Bob's Weekend.


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He then went on a UK national tour of The Wonderful World of Pantomime produced by Broomstick Productions.

He played a small part in The Full Monty next, in 1997, and then in the same year he joined the cast of Corrie.

Bruce appeared on the hit ITV soap for ten years and became a household name off the back of his part as Les, whose wife was Janice Battersby.

He arrived on the soap with daughter Leanne Battersby, and stepdaughter Toyah Battersby.


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Bruce left the soap after he was fired for allegedly getting drunk with ann undercover reporter and spilling the beans on storylines.

After Coronation Street the actor went on to perform stand-up comedy in Benidorm.

He also appears on The Dark Side of Fame with Piers Morgan, Celebrity Come Dine With Me and Celebrity Wife Swap.

On stage, Bruce played King Rat in pantomime Dick Whittington at the Contemporary Urban Centre from 14 December 2009 until 3 January 2010.

The star has also popped in music videos, and published his ghostwritten autobiography in November 2011.

One of his most recent appearances came in 2013 when he entered the Celebrity Big Brother house. He was the fourth housemate to be evicted on the show.

Is Bruce Jones married?

Bruce married his wife Sue Margaret Bailey on 12 June 1971 however the pair divorced in 1982.

Together Bruce and Sue share two sons, Stephen and John Jones.

What is Bruce Jones doing now?

Bruce Jones has been a name on people’s lips lately after he popped up in Netflix’s new true-crime offering, The Ripper.

Fans were shocked as they saw Bruce appear on the four-part series, which details the horrendous crimes of serial killer Pete Sutcliffe.

Bruce was in fact a suspect in the Yorkshire Ripper case, after he discovered the body of one of his victims.

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The actor came cross the remains of 20 year old Jean Jordan in 1977, and the star previously told The Mirror: “He'd uncovered her, he was there that day, he'd hacked away at her.

"I lost my first marriage, my children.

"I lost everything because of that. It actually destroyed me to learn that people can do that to a human being. I had nightmares like you wouldn't believe."

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Jones appears visibly upset in the documentary while detailing the injuries inflicted on Jean Jordan.

He spoke about the “pure panic” he felt about being linked to the case during his BBC interview with Piers Morgan in 2008.

In 1981 Peter Sutcliffe was arrested and charged with the murder of 13 women, and the attempted murder of seven others.

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