Corrie actor is rewarded for art achievement

Mikey North collecting his Achievements in the Arts award at the Young Yorkshire Talent Awards
Mikey North collecting his Achievements in the Arts award at the Young Yorkshire Talent Awards

Scarborough actor Mikey North who shot to fame on Coronation Street has been honoured with a Young Achiever Award.

The former George Pindar School and Scarborough Sixth Form college pupil won the Achievement in the Arts award at the 20th Yorkshire Young Achievers Awards.

The awards, held in Harrogate last week, mark the achievements of people aged 35 and under in seven categories, from Arts to Management and Enterprise, and are organised by the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation.

Established to support Yorkshire’s deserving young people, the Foundation and its Awards night have now raised a total of more than £900,000.

Twenty six year-old Mr North was recognised in honour of his acting achievements.

He loved acting from an early age and played in local theatre productions and at the National Youth Theatre before his major breakthrough playing Cock Dave in Bottle Universe at the Bush Theatre in London, for which he won Best Newcomer 2005 in the British Theatre Guide Awards.

More theatre productions saw him working across the UK, with plays including Monster at the Royal Exchange in Manchester; Glen at York Theatre Royal and a national tour of Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads.

He began working in television, including Waterloo Road, The Bill and Doctors, and recorded radio dramas.

He joined Coronation Street as “bad boy” Gary Windass in 2008 and has shone in a number of strong story lines, one of them leading to a nomination for Villain of the Year in the British Soap Awards.

Mr North won the award jointly with independent DJ, producer and film editor Rory Hoy, 25 of Knaresborough.

Speaking about the awards chairman Peter McCormick said: “We have heard some hugely inspiring stories and some heart-rending accounts from our winners once again. What they have in common is that they are all young people of whom Yorkshire should be very proud.”