Corrie’s Bruce Jones: I’m on the dole
Former Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones is devastated to be claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.
The 62-year-old won a legion of fans playing cab driver Les Battersby in the ITV soap for ten years. But after he was axed from the show in 2007, Bruce’s life has taken a very different path.
“I mixed with the likes of Prince Charles, now I’m on jobseeker’s allowance,” he told British newspaper The Sun. “It’s been a journey I never thought I’d go on. It’s a hell of a comedown. I was mobbed by people coming up to ask for my autograph and now I’m signing on at the dole.”
Bruce was suspended from Coronation Street in March 2007 after allegedly getting drunk with an undercover reporter and making inappropriate comments, as well as revealing future storylines, something he denies. In May that year it was confirmed that he wouldn’t be returning, and while he went on to appear on Celebrity Wife Swap and on the pantomime circuit, his fortune started to dwindle.
“I had a good job, nice car, houses, the best holidays. It all went,” he confessed. “I never thought for one minute I’d end up signing on. I’ve never been out of work in my life.”
Bruce was paid £100,000 a year while on the soap, but as he struggled to carve out a career as a jobbing actor, debts mounted and his £500,000 house in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, and a bungalow were both repossessed.
Bruce admits he only had £14 to his name at one point and lived in a caravan, but now claims £146.20 a fortnight in jobseeker’s allowance.
“There are a lot of really professional people signing on now, which surprised me,” he continued. “You can see in their faces they don’t want to do it. They want to work. I want to work. I don’t like living off the state.”
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