Michael Wardle has appeared in four roles in Coronation Street:
- Bill Sutton, the boyfriend of foster child John Spencer's mother in November 1981.
- Workman Roy Turner in April 1986 who fitted out Audrey's salon.
- Businessman Gareth Jenkins in May and July 1995.
- Vicar Arthur Fallowes in November 2003 who almost married Bet Lynch to Cecil Newton.
Other television programmes include Return of the Antelope, All Creatures Great and Small, Last of the Summer Wine, House of Cards: The Final Cut, Cold Feet, Holby City, Where the Heart Is, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Heartbeat and the regular role of Gordon in I'm Alan Partridge.
Film roles include The Jealous God, Between Two Women and Withnail & I while theatre parts include Sorry, I Love You, Groping For Words, The Importance of Being Earnest, Peril At End House, A Man For All Seasons, The Merchant Of Venice and A Bequest To The Nation.