Corrie removes all traces of disgraced actor Bruno Langley from set ahead of Todd Grimshaw return

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Coronation Street has removed all traces of disgraced actor Bruno Langley from the set ahead of Todd Grimshaw’s return.

Bruno, 38, was sacked in 2017 following his conviction for sexual assault, after groping two women at a drunken party.

And now his replacement, Gareth Pierce, has revealed he’s convinced he can breathe new life into the character and doesn’t want to “emulate” the old Todd in the middle of his ITV soap opera debut.

No Trace: Coronation Street removed all traces of disgraced actor Bruno Langley from set ahead of Todd Grimshaw’s return

Bruno, who played Todd for 16 years, was hastily banned from the show after his assault charge, with the character on the run after insulting a police officer.

But now the bosses have reintroduced the character with a brand new actor and it looks like they intend to make sure there is no trace of the former star.

To make sure there won’t be any sightings of anything to do with Bruno onscreen, the bosses replaced all of his photos in Mum Eileen’s onscreen house with Gareth’s.

The newcomer’s face was even pictured in childhood footage of Todd on set alongside actor Ryan Thomas, who played Todd’s brother Jason.

New Face: Bruno's replacement Gareth Pierce has revealed he's convinced he can breathe new life into the character and doesn't want to 'pose as' the former Todd in the middle of his debut

New Face: Bruno’s replacement Gareth Pierce has revealed he’s convinced he can breathe new life into the character and doesn’t want to ‘pose as’ the former Todd in the middle of his debut

Gareth revealed to The Sun Online, “The family photos on set in the Grimshaws – all of Todd’s are from my childhood but mixed in with Ryan’s as Jason.

“So, oddly, there is a brotherly connection even though we haven’t met.

Bruno, who now works as a photographer, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault at a hearing in November 2017, and received a 12-month community order, including 40 days of rehabilitation activity and submitting to curfew.

He tearfully apologized for his actions and has since said he attended an alcoholic therapy session and anonymous meetings.

Disgrace: Bruno, 38, was sacked in 2017 following his conviction for sexual assault, after groping two women at a drunken party

Disgrace: Bruno, 38, was sacked in 2017 following his conviction for sexual assault, after groping two women at a drunken party

Gone: Bruno, who played Todd for 16 years, was hastily banned from the show after his assault charge, with the character on the run after insulting a police officer.

Gone: Bruno, who played Todd for 16 years, was hastily banned from the show after his assault charge, with the character on the run after insulting a police officer.

At the time of his conviction, Bruno a dit Sunday mirror: “I’ve been living too fast for too long… My alcohol consumption had increased. The wheels have fallen. I was not particularly happy… I started going to a counselor and attending AA meetings and it helped me.

“I have no excuse, no one has forced me to drink so badly, but it’s hard to explain why I would do something so horrible as this. It must have been horrible for these women, and I am ashamed of myself. I am really sorry.

“I sincerely apologize to the women from the bottom of my heart. I promise that I will never do anything like this again, ”he added at the time.

Extreme measures: To ensure that there won't be any sightings of anything to do with Bruno onscreen, the bosses replaced all of his photos in Mum Eileen's onscreen house with those of Gareth

Extreme measures: To ensure that there won’t be any sightings of anything to do with Bruno onscreen, the bosses replaced all of his photos in Mum Eileen’s onscreen house with those of Gareth

Meanwhile, newcomer Gareth has opened up about stepping into the role of the character, who already has 16 years of foundations laid on cobblestones.

He told the Mirror: “I think it’s an accepted soap convention now so I can certainly trust that. I can see how intimidating it can be, but I tried to turn that into a big advantage, really, because you’re getting into something where there’s already over 16 years of complex backstory from really complicated and nuanced relations with all. of these characters.

He added, “Actually, we’re pretty used as actors to have quick relationships, really. You will very often meet someone in the morning and then at lunchtime you play mother / son, you play lovers, you play father / daughter.

Fresh Start: Meanwhile, newcomer Gareth has opened up about stepping into the role of the character, who already has 16 years of foundations laid on the cobblestones.

Fresh Start: Meanwhile, newcomer Gareth has opened up about stepping into the role of the character, who already has 16 years of foundations laid on the cobblestones.

The actor added that in preparation for his audition for the role, he reviewed old clips of Bruno as Todd to get a feel for the character.

However, since he got the part, Gareth says he doesn’t watch the old episodes anymore because he doesn’t want to do an “imitation” of Bruno’s portrayal.

He explained, “Some of the qualities, some of the instincts that make me unique as an actor, that’s what I’ve been used to bring to the character now and so I don’t want to get caught up in the usurpation. identity. “

Gareth is best known for his roles as Lenny Mack in Sky 1’s Stella and Gavin Moss in The Archers. He also starred in Ordinary Lies and Hinterland for the BBC.

His own opinion: Since getting the role, Gareth says he doesn't watch older episodes anymore because he doesn't want to do an 'imitation' of Bruno's portrait

His own opinion: since he got the part, Gareth says he no longer watches the old episodes because he does not want to do an “imitation” of Bruno’s portrait

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