John Owens (born 25th January 1942 on the Wirral) appeared on Coronation Street as building society manager Mr Irwin who in November 1977 refused Mavis Riley an individual mortgage application. He returned to the programme in June 2009 as Gilbert, who briefly dated Pam Hobsworth after the pair met at a singles night.

He also appeared in an episode of Pardon the Expression (The Take-over Bid) in 1966.

With an acting CV dating back to the mid-1960s, some of his other credits include roles in St. Ives, The White Rabbit, Hadleigh, Doctor Who, Please Sir!, Z Cars, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Shades of Greene, Shoestring, The Professionals, One by One, Open All Hours, Lovejoy, The Bill, Doctors, Nighty Night and Elementary.

On film he has appeared in Joanna, Oh! What a Lovely War, Scrooge, An American Werewolf in London, Rhinestone, From Hell, War, Shanghai Knights and The Wolfman.

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