Ex Emmerdale star Bill Ward reveals he's now a Tesco delivery driver after Covid cancelled acting work

FORMER Emmerdale and Corrie star Bill Ward is making ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic with a new job as a Tesco delivery driver.

The ITV soaps favourite, who played James Barton in the Dales and Charlie Stubbs in Weatherfield, has told how he switched to a career on the road when acting jobs dried up.

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Bill, 53, lives in tier two Bristol with his partner and two children and, like many during the COVID-imposed tough times in the UK, has sought another source of much-needed income away from his preferred profession.

Bill told Bristol Live he began work for the supermarket's delivery service in May, when the coronavirus pandemic halted a production of The Glee Club in which he was starring.

He told the publication: "Towards the end of May it started to become clear that the pandemic wasn't going away, and if anything it was going to get worse.

"That's when you look at the rest of the year ahead and think, 'Okay, I need to make a living this year; how are we going to do that as a family?"

The actor also revealed on the side projects such as acting mentoring and photography talks, all done online.

He added: "My partner and I started doing things we wouldn't normally be able to do as much of, and for me one of those things has been giving photography talks to camera clubs over Zoom.

"I've also taught in drama schools and film schools, written for photography magazines and done a few bits of voiceover work for Channel 5.

"But on top of that you need some kind of regular income, so I've been a delivery driver for Tesco since the end of May, doing around 30 hours a week."

Many famous faces in the performing arts have been forced to follow suit after jobs were suspended and cancelled as the global pandemic worsened.

Comedian Jason Manford – who was rejected by Tesco – has taken up a role as a delivery driver for Iceland instead.

He agreed to come and work with the chain last month after joking that he was "livid" at failing to bag a role with Britain's biggest supermarket Tesco.

Meanwhile, Corrie's Simon Gregson has been enjoying some extra income in tough times courtesy of £30 video messages for fans.

Meanwhile Bill arrived in Emmerdale in 2013 following a stint on Corrie.

He was best known for his three years on the Weatherfield cobbles as builder Charlie Stubbs, a bully who was eventually murdered in 2007.

Former advertising executive Bill said: “I’m really looking forward to it. The Emmerdale team are a very talented bunch and I am extremely chuffed to have been asked to join them.”

He left the ITV series after his character James Barton was killed off in 2016.


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