Where have you seen Coronation Street market trader ‘Big Garth’ before? All you need to know about actor Victor McGuire

Sitcom fans will most certainly recognise him…

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Coronation Street bad boy Paul Foreman (Peter Ash) steals a diamond ring belonging to Roy Cropper (David Neilson), left to him by his dead mother Sylvia, on Monday 4 February and sneakily sells it down the market for £200 – but when twin sister Gemma Winter (Dolly-Rose Campbell) rumbles the robbery and reveals the ring is worth thousands, the siblings head off to try and retrieve it.

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While they argue with dodgy stallholder ‘Big Garth’ over getting the item of jewellery back, some viewers may find the guest character’s face familiar – so where have you seen Victor McGuire, the actor who plays him, before?

As loveable rogue Jack Boswell in the hit BBC1 sitcom Bread, the actor got his big break in Carla Lane’s popular series about a working class Liverpool family when the show started in 1986, and remained with the role and and off until it ended in 1991.

McGuire’s next long-running role was in time-travelling comedy Goodnight Sweetheart, as Ron Wheatcroft, best mate of central character Gary Sparrow (Nicholas Lyndhurst) who lived a double life with two different women in two different time zones, the 1990s and the 1940s. The show was a primetime hit on BBC1 from 1993 to 1999, and McGuire returned for a one-off revival in 2016.

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From 2012 to 2017 he played security guard Ian in Sky One supermarket sitcom Trollied, and has also notched up credits in numerous popular TV shows over the last few decades including Casualty, Dalziel and Pascoe, Doctors and No Offence, as well as West End musicals such as Chicago and Fiddler on the Roof.

On film, you might have spotted McGuire as a thief in Guy Ritchie’s 1998 gangster classic Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and small parts in the movie version of The Phantom of the Opera, The Woman in Black and even Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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