Coronation Street veteran Sean Wilson has found love again following the painful breakdown of his marriage. The 50-year-old, who played Martin Platt on the ITV soap for 20 years, has started dating actress Susie Fenwick, and this week opened up about their new romance.
"Well, I have met somebody new actually," he told the Mirror. "We've only been seeing each other for a short amount of time, but I am very happy. I feel good at the moment."
Sean Wilson has found love again following the breakdown of his marriage
Susie has previously appeared in ITV's Britannia High in 2008, as well as the 1993 movie Aspects of Love, alongside Michael Ball. Her romance with Sean comes a little over two years after he split from his wife Gaynor, with whom he has two children, aged 17 and 15.
Sean quit Coronation Street to pursue a career in food back in 2005 – but was left heartbroken when his marriage fell apart in 2013.
He found solace in his new career, as a cheese maker, and threw himself into his work to get through the split. "Having a cheese business helped me through that time, having something to focus on," the actor-turned-chef said. "I actually created a cheese through that time called the Soft Mick. That came from that period.
The 50-year-old actor is now an award-winning cheese maker
"At the end of the day you have just got to move on and getting stuck in with the cheese really helped. It's not like I was sat there on my own, a lot of people go through breakups and you just have to get on with it."
Sean, who has always been a foodie, got into the industry after leaving Corrie, when he went to work 15 hour day in a Michelin starred restaurant with his chef Nigel Haworth. It was during that time that he was introduced to legendary cheesemaker Bob Kitching.
"He taught me how to make three white traditional Lancaster cheeses. He was incredibly helpful," Sean said. "My whole idea of getting into the cheese making thing was to develop a blue cheese, which went on to win four world cheese awards consecutively."
Sean now has his own company, Saddleworth Cheese, and has won over 32 medals for his produce. In 2013 he published The Great Northern Cookbook, accompanied by a popular four-part series of the same name, and now spends his time on the food festival circuit, giving cooking demonstrations and public appearances.