This week, we interviewed actor and writer Charlie Lomax David Condou, best known for playing midwife, Marcus Dent, in the long-running TV series, Coronation Street. Charlie currently divides his time behind Manchester and London, where he lives with his partner Cameron and his four-year-old daughter Georgia and two-year-old son Hal.
You’re best known for your part as midwife Marcus Dent in Coronation Street. Describe a typical day-in-the-life on the country’s most famous cobbles?
There’s actually no such thing as a typical day on Corrie and that’s one of the things I love. If Im busy in a storyline I could be there from 7am – 7pm and in every scene. If Im quiet, I might just have one or two scenes a day and will spend most of my time hanging out in the Green room with the other actors. That’s always a lot of fun.
You are due to exit the soap this summer, why did you decide to leave the show?
I decided to leave for a number of reasons but I guess the main one was to spend more time with my family. It’s hard working away from home and I found that I was in Manchester for bigger and bigger periods of time. I worked hard to have a family of my own and to be a father, and I certainly didn’t do that just to see my kids one day a week, which is what was happening. I also never intended to be at Corrie long term. I LOVE it there; its a fantastic job, a great show and the cast and crew are brilliant but when they asked me to return, it was just supposed to be for three months. Before I knew it, it had been 3 and a half years! I just couldn’t see myself commuting to Manchester from London every week for years and years. Once I’d decided that I didn’t want to stay long term, I realised I’d have to leave sooner rather than later. It was a tough decision but I feel like it’s the right one
You have two children with a close friend of many years, through IVF. Tell us a bit about your experience of IVF, and what advice would you give to other couples considering treatment?
IVF is a roller coaster and you have to be realistic, and be prepared to roll with the punches. It took us a few attempts but we got there eventually and now have two beautiful kids. I’d obviously recommend it to anyone who’s serious about starting a family, but also tell them to be prepared for anything, and possibly disappointment
Both charities are really close to my heart. I’ve been working with DRM since its conception and have helped it grow. We work with schools to help eradicate homophobic bullying and provide a safe environment for their LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students and families. We put role models in front of young people to talk about acceptance and respect for diversity. These role models may be LGBT themselves, or they may be straight allies, who often send an even more powerful message. The Albert Kennedy Trust supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans homeless young people in crisis. Every day we deal with the effects homelessness can have on young people’s lives. I’ve been working with them for a few years now and hope to spend this year doing more with both charities
What have been your most favourite scenes to film in Coronation Street?
That’s a tough one as I’ve had SO many over the years. I always enjoy my scenes in the Grimshaws, mainly because I’m so close to Sue, Ryan and Bruno (Eileen, Jason and Todd). we spend far too much time joking around when we should be concentrating!
If you could play any role, in any other film or TV show, who/what would it be?
Not sure about a particular role but I’m desperate to do more comedy. I cut my teeth on sketch shows, like Armstrong & Miller, and went on to do Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Nathan Barley etc. I really miss it and would love to do more
You used to write a column for The Guardian on same-sex parenting. What advice would you give to same-sex couples out there considering their options?
Think about it carefully before you begin. Assess all your options, think about how you want to become parents (adoption, surrogacy, co-parenting etc). Parenting for Gay people is never something that’s going to happen by accident, but that’s a good thing. Try to get as much clear in your head before you begin, but also be prepared to adapt. With the best will in the world, once your child appears, all planning can often go out the window!
What’s the one baby product you couldn’t have lived without?
Our bugaboo donkey. It’s a huge double pram that can be made into a single pram/buggy. We’ve had ours for years and I wouldn’t be without it!
How would you sum yourself up in one sentence?