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Coronation Street star Johnny Briggs ‘cut his drug addict daughter out of his £550,000 will’

Coronation Street star Johnny Briggs ‘cut his drug addict daughter out of his £550,000 will with his fortune going to his other five children’

  • Johnny Briggs, 85, died at his home in February following a battle with illness 
  • His daughter, Karen Briggs, 55, has been left out of his £550,000 will 
  • The soap legend starred in Coronation Street as Mike Baldwin for 30 years 


Coronation Street legend Johnny Briggs cut his drug addict daughter out of his £550,000 will it has been revealed.

Johnny, who died in February aged 85, was on the ITV soap for 30 years, playing the cockney businessman Mike Baldwin.

The actor earned £200,000 a year on the show before leaving Weatherfield in 2006.

His UK fortune and US assets – including a house in Florida, was left to five of his six children.

The Sun has revealed how the soap star deliberately left out his eldest daughter, Karen Briggs, from his will after he disowned her in 1980.

The relationship broke down after Karen, 55, allegedly gave her own 14-year-old daughter Class A drugs.

Johnny Briggs, who played Mike Baldwin in Coronation Street from 1976 to 2006, left his eldest daughter out of his will

Karen Briggs, 55, has blamed her heroin addiction on her late father's infidelities

Karen Briggs, 55, has blamed her heroin addiction on her late father’s infidelities

The father/daughter relationship broke down after Karen (right), 55, allegedly gave her own 14-year-old daughter, Emma Beach, (left) Class A drugs

The father/daughter relationship broke down after Karen (right), 55, allegedly gave her own 14-year-old daughter, Emma Beach, (left) Class A drugs

Emma Beach (pictured) was jailed with her mother in 2016 for stealing bikes to pay for drugs

Emma Beach (pictured) was jailed with her mother in 2016 for stealing bikes to pay for drugs

His estate was reportedly split equally between his five other children — Jennifer Davies, 43, Michael Briggs, 41, Stephanie Briggs, 39, Anthony Briggs, and Mark Briggs, 58.

Karen Briggs made headlines in 2016 after she and Johnny’s granddaughter, Emma Beach, now 37, were jailed for stealing bikes to support their drug addictions. 

Much like his onscreen character, Johnny was known as a Lothario, with two divorces and a number of affairs throughout his storied life.

In the past Karen has blamed her heroin addiction on her late father’s infidelities.

She was Johnny’s second child with his first wife Caroline Sinclair.

In a statement following his death, his family said: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father, Johnny Briggs.  

‘He passed away peacefully this morning after a long illness, with family by his side. He was 85.

Johnny Briggs, pictured here as Mike Baldwin in Coronation Street, played the underwear factory boss from 1976 to 2006 and received an MBE in 2007

Johnny Briggs, pictured here as Mike Baldwin in Coronation Street, played the underwear factory boss from 1976 to 2006 and received an MBE in 2007

‘We politely ask for privacy at this time, so that we can quietly grieve as a family and remember the wonderful times we had with him. Thank you.’  

He played underwear factory boss Mike Baldwin in Coronation Street from 1976 to 2006 and received an MBE in 2007.

He appeared in 2,349 episodes, including a 2012 special as a ghost, and is best remembered for his famous feud with Ken Barlow, played by Bill Roache, after he had an affair with his wife Deirdre, played by the late Anne Kirkbride.  

The love triangle between the three was hugely popular with viewers and carried on for years.

In the 1980s the storyline helped to pull in 21 million viewers at its height.

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