Coronation Street Wiki

Joseph Gilgun (born 9th March 1984 in Chorley, Lancashire) played Jamie Armstrong in Coronation Street between March 1994 and May 1997.

Gilgun began acting at the age of nine and soon joined the Oldham Theatre Workshop where he acted in pantomimes. The following year, he made his debut on Coronation Street, remaining with the series for three years. In 1997, Jamie was written out alongside his mother Tricia when Tracy Brabin, who played her, decided to leave the programme to spend some time with her new baby.

During his time on the show, Gilgun continued his education in Bolton, Lancashire but combined it with his work on Coronation Street where his mother Judith acted as his chaperone. Joseph suffers from dyslexia so he had to learn his scripts rather than read them.

After some time out of acting and a small string of parts including Hollyoaks and Shameless, Gilgun was cast in the 2006 film This is England, playing Woody and acting alongside Stephen Graham among others. The film was a critical and commercial success.

Between 2006 and 2010, Gilgun was a regular in Emmerdale as Eli Dingle, wayward brother of Marlon. In November 2009, Gilgun announced he would quit the role, feeling the time was right to move on. His last appearance aired on 30th April. An Emmerdale representative said the programme had not ruled out a future return for the character, but Gilgun later indicated he currently had no such plans, and as of 2021 no such return has taken place.

Gilgun then reprised the character of Woody for a four-part Channel 4 TV spin-off of This is England, called This Is England '86. The episodes aired in September 2010. A second return came in December 2011 in a Christmas special, This is England '88.

In May 2011, it was announced that Gilgun had been cast as newcomer Rudy Wade in the third series of Misfits, which aired in late October 2011. He replaced the character of Nathan Young following the departure of Robert Sheehan. An online short called Vegas Baby, covering Nathan's exit and Rudy's arrival, was available on the E4 website from 15th September. Gilgun remained with the programme until it ended in December 2013.

Most recently, Gilgun created, executive produced and starred as working-class petty criminal Vinny O'Neil in the comedy series Brassic, his co-stars including Michelle Keegan and Jude Riordan. The character of Vinny, like Gilgun, suffers from bipolar disorder. The first series premiered on Sky One in August 2019, a second in May 2020 and a third in October 2021, two months after filming on a fourth began in August 2021.