The loveable character of car mechanic Tyrone Dobbs in Britain’s long running soap opera ‘Coronation Street’ is played by the young Mancunian actor Alan Halsall. Alan was born in Walkden, Salford in Greater Manchester on 11 August 1982 to parents Dave, a highways inspector for Salford council, and Michelle, a special needs teacher; he has one older brother, Stephen, who works in the body shop at Vauxhall Motors. As a child, Alan attended the Walkden High School; at school, Alan was not particularly academic but he did excel at drama.
Best known for his role as Tyrone, which he has played since November 1998, Alan had previously had several other TV roles. Despite his obvious talent for acting, Alan didn’t go to stage school, but he accidentally stumbled into an acting when he was 13 years old and a school friend dared him to go for an audition for the Granada TV show ‘Children’s Ward’ that was advertised on the school’s notice board. Alan applied for the audition without telling his family and was surprised and very pleased to be given a small role in the show. This was the start of a prolific TV career as he went on to play in many other TV shows including four episodes of YTV’s ‘Heartbeat’ between 1998 and 1999, playing the young rascal Trevor Chivers. He also played the role of Ryan Tunce in the 1998 BBC2 programme ‘The Cops’, David Hartley in an 1997 episode of ‘Hetty Wainthropp Investigates’; the character of Midge in C4’s 1999 ‘Queer as Folk’ and he also starred as Maurice in the four part children’s TV series of ‘Matt’s Millions’ on CITV. He played in several other roles, as well as appearing as ‘himself’ in many other programmes.
When he was 17, Alan met nursery nurse Cheryl McKay in Warrington and in 2001, the couple were engaged and moved in with each other in Manchester. However the engagement didn’t last and in 2005, while filming ‘Coronation Street’, Alan met the actress Lucy-Jo Hudson, who played the role of Katy Hudson in the show. (Lucy-Jo went on play the role of Rosie Trevanion in the ITV programme ‘Wild at Heart.) Alan and Lucy-Jo began dating. In 2008, three years after starting dating the couple got engaged to be married, celebrating their engagement at a casino. Their wedding took place a year later on the 13th June 2009 at St Bertoline’s Church in Barthomley, Cheshire. The couple lives happily in Cheshire, although due to Lucy-Jo’s filming schedule in South Africa for ‘Wild at Heart’ they often have to spend six months apart; however Lucy-Jo reports that ‘He (Alan) comes out for two weeks too so that’s great – he plays golf while I work, so everyone’s happy!’ ‘We make it work, and I think you have to make the effort.’
Thankfully for Alan, his personal life is not as turbulent and tragic as his role of Tyrone on ‘Coronation Street’.