Bruce Jones was born "Ian Roy Jones" on 24th January, 1953 in Collyhurst, Manchester. He played Les Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street from 1997 until 2007. He has also been in Roughnecks, A Touch of Frost, and Heartbeat.
Before working as an actor, Jones was a dairy worker. In October 1977, whilst working at his allotment, Jones discovered the body of a prostitute that had been killed by the Yorkshire Ripper.
Jones was suspended from Coronation Street in 2007 after an incident in which he was alleged to have drunkenly insulted fans and revealed future storylines. It was subsequently announced that he would not be returning to the show.
In 2009, he was one of five volunteers who were set to experience ten days and nights of indigent homelessness in London and Glasgow in a television reality mini-series Famous, Rich, and Homeless. Jones was caught on camera breaking down in tears, and even considered pulling out of the programme altogether.
In May 2010, Jones was made homeless after the bank repossessed his home in Cheshire, in order to pay off his large debts and in July 2011, his second home; a bungalow in North Wales was repossessed by the bank.
In 2015, it was reported that he was on benefits.
In January 2018, Jones criticised Coronation Street due to the high string of violent content and sensationalist storylines, which came about at the height of the Pat Phelan storyline which received controversy.