Salford-born Jim Whelan started his career in the amateur theatre and repertory of Oldham, having gone on to appear in some of the most iconic programmes on British television over the past four decades.

On Coronation Street he was an extra from 1965 onwards and has played five minor speaking roles:

Other credits include roles in Crown Court, The Liver Birds, After the War, Three Seven Eleven, Cracker, City Central, Snake Eyes, Heartbeat, At Home with the Braithwaites, Emmerdale, The Royle Family, Last of the Summer Wine and Moving On.

In July 2011 his autobiography entitled "What a Life!" was published.

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