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Thursday, 2 March, 2000, 12:28 GMT
Stressed Street star in clinic
Bruce Jones and Vicky Entwhistle
Stressed out: Bruce Jones with his screen wife, Vicky Entwhistle
Actor Bruce Jones - who plays Les Battersby in ITV soap Coronation Street - has checked into a clinic suffering from severe stress.

Granada Television confirmed the 46-year-old was admitted to The Priory centre at Altrincham, Cheshire, last Friday.

A spokeswoman said that the actor was not being treated for any form of addiction, but he had been overworking by adding personal appearances and charity work to his busy filming schedule.

Extra work

She explained: "Bruce has been doing too much. His life is a very packed one and he finds it very difficult to say no.

"He was due to appear in a couple of scenes this week, so we've re-written some material, but it's not extensive because he was due to have some down time after being involved in some major storylines.

Kevin Kennedy
Kevin Kennedy has also spent time in The Priory
"We've written him out for a couple of weeks, and we'll take things from there."

Granada helped Jones, who joined the show in July 1997, to arrange his stay at The Priory, which charges 2,500 a week.

His Coronation Street co-star Kevin Kennedy, who plays Curly Watts, stayed at The Priory four weeks in 1998 undergoing treatment for alcoholism.

Actor and stand-up comedian Mike Reid was also recently written out of rival BBC soap EastEnders suffering from exhaustion.

As well as his EastEnders role of Frank Butcher, he'd been shooting scenes for Guy Ritchie's latest movie, Snatch.

Big break

Manchester-born and bred, Bruce Jones' first taste of showbiz came when he stood in for a friend compering in a club.

Last year, he told how in 1976 he discovered the body of Jean Jordan, one of the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe's victims, in a Manchester allotment and was questioned by police for five hours about it.

"If the truth be known, it nearly killed me. There was a part of me that thought about suicide," he said of the experience.

His big break came in Ken Loach's 1993 film Raining Stones. Parts on TV, as well as in the films Twenty Four Seven and The Full Monty followed before he landed the role of hard-drinking layabout Les Battersby.

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