Simon Gregson

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Simon Gregson
Born Simon Alan Gregory
(1974-10-02) 2 October 1974 (age 45)
Wythenshawe, Manchester, England
Education The Kingsway School, Gatley
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Television Coronation Street (1989-present)
Spouse(s) Emma Richards (m. 2010)[1]
Children 3

Simon Alan Gregory (born 2 October 1974) is an English actor known for his portrayal of Steve McDonald in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street since 1989. He won Best Comedy Performance at the 2014 British Soap Awards.

Early life

Whilst a pupil at The Kingsway School, Gatley in 1989, Simon Gregory entered a search for the part of one of two new cast members to join the ITV soap opera Coronation Street as the 'McDonald Twins'. Fellow Kingsway pupil Nicholas Cochrane was selected out of the class to become Andy McDonald, and a search was on for another class member who had the same height, build and hair colouring as him. As Gregory was the only member of the class to fit these criteria, he was selected and the two were sent for further auditions at Granada Television, where they were selected for the roles. Gregory was initially credited under his real name, but later adopted the stage name 'Gregson' once he was old enough to join Equity, as there was already a member with the name Simon Gregory.

Coronation Street

Gregson's first appearance in an episode of Coronation Street aired on 6 December 1989 and he currently appears on the soap as a regular cast member. It was announced on [2]

Guest appearances

In 2009, along with Coronation Street co-star Michelle Keegan, he appeared in the third part of Red Dwarf: Back to Earth as himself.

On 20 August 2011, he appeared on All Star Family Fortunes along with his family

On 7 July 2013, he took part in ITV game show Tipping Point: Lucky Stars.

He appeared as a panellist on an episode of Through the Keyhole which aired on 5 October 2013.

In 2013, he appeared multiple times in the ITV daytime quiz show Show Me the Telly.

He has appeared in an episode of Big Star's Little Star on 23 April 2014.[3]



Personal life

In the 1990s, Gregson became known in the press for various traffic offences and problems with alcohol and drugs. He was written out of the series for over a year after The Sun ran a story in which Gregson allegedly admitted regularly spending £1,000 per month on cocaine. He returned to his Coronation Street role after rehabilitation.

Gregson has been married to longtime partner Emma Gleave since 2010.[4] They have two sons, Alfie (b. 31 August 2007) and Harry (b.12 July 2009). Gregson recently revealed that he and his wife are expecting their third child.[5]


  1. Corrie star Simon Gregson marries Emma Gleave. Retrieved on 2012-02-07.
  2. "Corrie's Simon Gregson to take 'extended break' from the drama". ITV News. Retrieved 2015-12-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  4. Corrie's Simon Gregson gets married – Coronation Street News – Soaps. Digital Spy (14 November 2010). Retrieved on 2012-02-07.
  5. Simon Gregson Welcomes Son Harry

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