Christopher Quinten (born 12th July, 1957 in Middlesbrough) is a British actor best known for his role on Coronation Street as mechanic Brian Tilsley, a part he played from 1978 to 1989. He trained at Billingham Theatre School and his other credits include the 1990 film Robocop 2, Doctors, Target and The Pink Medicine Show. A champion gymnast, he once took a job as an acrobatic dancer in cabaret at a theatre restaurant.
In 1988 Christopher decided to move to the United States of America to marry his partner, talk-show host Leeza Gibbons. Despite his hopes that Brian Tilsley could remain a part-time character on Coronation Street, the decision was made to kill him off, and his final, memorable scene aired in February 1989, where Brian was stabbed to death by a gang of teenagers outside a nightclub.
In February 2020, it was announced that Christopher had been cast as Mark Kelly, the father of Kyle Kelly, played by Adam Rickitt who appeared as Brian's son, Nick Tilsley in Coronation Street from 1997 to 2004.