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Sunday 20 April 2014

Morrissey autobiography: Star turned down role as Dot Cotton's son on EastEnders

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HE is known as one of Britain’s most-loved alternative musicians, but Morrissey has revealed a penchant for TV soaps.

In his autobiography the Smiths frontman opens up about his love for Coronation Street and EastEnders, revealing he was once offered a role in Albert Square as Dot Cotton’s “so far unmentioned son”.

He revealed in his book: “I would arrive unexpectedly in Albert Square and cause births, deaths and factory fires every time I open my mouth.”

The 54-year-old also said he was offered a role on Emmerdale, but admitted: “The most fascinating aspect of both offers is that somebody somewhere thought it a good idea.”

As a young Manchunian, Morrissey thought he would try his fate with Coronation Street. He wrote to Granada TV suggesting he be employed as a script writer for the show, and was invited to submit a script. He said he “whipped off a word-slinger’s delight wherein young take on old as a jukebox is tested in the Rovers Return”.

To his disappointment, he was told his talents lie elsewhere.

An even younger Morrissey had another encounter with Coronation Street as a teenager. After accidentally stumbling onto the soap’s set in Manchester, he found himself accosted by a woman bearing a bundle of scripts.

The woman enlisted the young Morrissey to appear as an extra in period drama The Stars Look Down to be filmed that weekend. His role was a tiny part involving no dialogue. “Even if you don’t blink at all you will miss me”, he said.

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