Peter Baldwin, ‘Coronation Street’ Actor, Dies at 82

Peter Baldwin, who played Derek Wilton on long-running U.K. series “Coronation Street,” died Thursday at his home in London following a short illness. He was 82.

Baldwin, who was born in Sussex, played Wilton on the soap opera for 21 years, from 1976 to 1997.  When he first appeared on the show, his character started dating Mavis Riley (Thelma Barlow), eventually marrying her in 1988.

In 1997, Baldwin’s time as Wilton concluded when his character was written off the show — dying from a heart attack following a road rage argument with a driver.

Following “Coronation Street,” Baldwin appeared on a few TV shows, including “Out of Sight” and most recently “Crime Stories.” The actor also worked at Pollock’s Toy Museum and managed their toy shop in Covent Garden, often recognized by fans while working behind the counter.

Baldwin had two children with wife Sarah Long, who hosted the BBC’s children’s program “Play School.” Long died from cancer in 1987.

Sally Ann Matthews, who played Jenna Bradley on “Coronation Street,” expressed her condolences on Twitter, describing Baldwin as a gentle, kind and funny man.

“We send our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this sad time,” a “Coronation Street” spokesman said on the ITV News website.

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