Former Coronation Street star Graeme Hawley is now working on a market stall.
The 43-year-old actor departed the soap in 2009 when his serial killer alter-ego John Stape died after confessing to murdering what seemed like most of Weatherfield, and he has now landed a job selling jam at a Christmas fair in York.
The owners of The Chilli Jam Man posted a picture of the star working on their stall on their Facebook account and added the caption: “We thought we had enough scary things on our stall at York…that was until Corrie serial killer John Stape joined us! He’s going to be working on our stall Thursday, Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, so if you’re brave enough to face his menacing stare (and our scary chilli products) then come along and say hello!
“He may even let you go home to your family afterwards… Last date for Christmas orders online is midnight Sunday 18th. York market finishes on the 23rd, then we’re putting the shutters up and getting a months worth of sleep (sic).”
According to The Sun, Graeme told a customer while he was working on the stall: “It’s better than panto. I’m not the Chilli Jam Man. I’m the Chilli Jam Man’s mate and I’m selling Chill Jam because the Chilli Jam Man’s late.”
While he’s only covering the stall for a friend who owns the company, it comes after Graeme was nominated for Villain of the Year in 2009 at the Soap Awards and then again at the same event in 2011.
Since departing Corrie in 2011, Graeme has gone on to star in Doctors as Barry Partridge, In with the Flynns and he appeared in comedy-drama Love and Marriage in 2013.