Coronation Street favourite Bruce Jones ‘sick of being called’ Les Battersby

Ex-Corrie favourite Bruce Jones says he is sick of being called Les Battersby.

Starstruck fans are still calling him by his layabout character’s name more than 12 years after he left the soap.

Bruce said: “Les’s character will never go. I sometimes say: ‘My name’s not Les, it’s Bruce’ – especially when it is just someone shouting it across the room. It really does get on my nerves. I just ignore it. My name is not Les.”

Bruce, 66, became a household name as taxi driver Les, who was married to Janice (Vicky Entwistle), but was suspended by ITV in 2007 after allegedly getting drunk with an undercover reporter, making inappropriate comments and revealing future storylines.

It was confirmed two months later that he would not be returning.

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The actor – who has just finished panto season in Colne, Lancs – is now set to return to our screens in a Netflix documentary on The Yorkshire Ripper.

Bruce found the mutilated body of Peter Sutcliffe’s first victim Jean Jordan on an allotment in Chorlton, Manchester, in 1977.

He said: “I had to look at all of the pictures again.

“I didn’t want to see them ever again. I can still see her now.”

Appearing on BBC One’s Famous, Rich and Homeless in 2009, he ranted that “rippers” should all be hanged so taxpayers’ money can be spent on the homeless and pensioners instead.

He added that he would “smile at him” as it happened and referenced his horrific discovery – describing himself as a victim.

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