Promising actor Joseph Wandera, known for appearing in much-loved UK soap opera Coronation Street, has passed away at the age of 27, the Manchester Evening News reports.
A short inquest was opened at Rochdale Coroners’ Court on Thursday (February 24) in which police coroner officer Kathy Dixon confirmed the actor’s death.
As Joseph’s family, friends and fans mourn his passing, let’s revisit his role in Coronation Street.
Who did Joseph Wandera play in Coronation Street?
Joseph Wandera made a short appearance in an episode of Coronation Street in April 2018. He played a customer who was interested in buying Eileen Grimshaw’s car.
While looking at the car, Joseph’s character recognises Eileen from the news coverage of her husband and the ‘Free Anna Windass’ campaign.
He asks Eileen whether he can take a selfie but is quickly shooed away by her neighbor and the owner of the car showroom. However, Joseph’s character still manages to get a sneaky selfie with Eileen when she’s not looking.
He then decides he doesn’t want to buy the car and angrily storms off saying Eileen’s car has flat tires, which could have put his life at risk.
Young actor passes away at 27
During the inquest, the police announced Joseph had been staying at a villa in Calle L Cruz, Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
Joseph reportedly attended a party the night before his death. Officer Dixon said Joseph “rang his girlfriend” while at the party to let her know he wasn’t feeling well. He contacted his friends, who took him to his apartment.
“A few hours later a friend found Joseph on the sofa having a seizure. Medics were called but they were unable to revive him and he sadly passed away,” the officer said.
The Manchester Evening News reports Joseph started out with the MaD Theatre Company, where he performed at schools, theatres and festivals across the city.
He performed at the Manchester Fringe Festival in 2012 and had television roles in Scott & Bailey and Moving On. He also featured in a pilot for BBC Comedy Showcase and two reconstructions for BBC show Inside Out.
What is Coronation Street about?
British soap opera Coronation Street was created in 1960. The ITV show is officially the world’s longest-running drama serial.
The soap revolves around Coronation Street in the fictional town of Weatherfield, based in inner-city Salford, near Manchester.
The show has been a huge success since its inception and premiered its 10,000th episode in February 2020. Its 60th anniversary was celebrated a year later.
Over the years the series has produced many straight-to-video films and spin-offs including Coronation Street: The Cruise in 1995, Coronation Street: Viva Las Vegas (1997), and Albion Market, among others.
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