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Corrie portraits to go up for auction

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Coronation Street star Steve Huison will be putting a collection of his artwork up for auction next month to raise money for a charitable project.

The actor - who plays Weatherfield's Eddie Windass - has produced twenty charcoal portraits which depict some of his colleagues at the ITV1 soap.

While some fans of the show may not be familiar with Huison's skills as an artist, his co-stars have been clued up for some time as one of his paintings of Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs) is on display in the Corrie green room.

Speaking of his latest work, Huison commented: "I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil! With these portraits I was aiming to reveal the person behind the character.

"All of us in the Street are fortunate enough to have become household names due to the show's popularity, but not many of the fans know much about the actor behind the role, for example: where we started out, what we like, how we spend our spare time?

"These portraits not only show the profile of the actor but also try to retrieve some of their inner soul using autobiographical information alongside it to give a fuller picture."

Steve Huison and Debbie rush aka Eddie and Anna Windass

Pictured: Steve Huison and his screen partner Debbie Rush (Anna) pose with two of the portraits outside The Rovers.

Huison's portraits will go on show at the Contemporary Six Gallery in the Royal Exchange Arcade, Manchester on February 14. They are to remain on display until the evening of February 17, when an auction will allow members of the public to place bids on the artwork.

Weatherfield star Keith Duffy (Ciaran McCarthy) will be the auctioneer on the night, while show favourite Michelle Keegan will follow in the footsteps of her pint-pulling alter ego Tina McIntyre for one night only by serving drinks.

The auction aims to raise money for an organisation set up by Huison called the Shoestring Theatre Company. Funds are needed for the theatre group's 'Hospital to Home' project, which has worked with patients in psychiatric units for the past six years - using theatre to help rehabilitate them back into mainstream living.

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