Tony Hirst (born 21st January 1967 in Manchester) appeared on Coronation Street in the role of Fireman Paul Kershaw (initially credited as "Firefighter Paul") in December 2010. He reappeared in the role on a more regular basis between October 2011 and August 2013.
Hirst is best known for playing the regular role of Mike Barnes in Hollyoaks from 2006-2010. His other credits include Law & Order: UK, Holby City, Shameless, and Doctors. He also narrated How It's Made from 2007-2008 and Blueprint for Disaster in 2005.