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Tony Hirst

Tony Hirst
Born Anthony Hirst
(1967-01-21) 21 January 1967
Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Occupation Actor, theatre director,
voice-over artist
Years active 1991–present
Partner(s) Sue Hirst
Children 2

Anthony "Tony" Hirst (born 21 January 1967) is a British actor and theatre director, best known for playing Mike Barnes on the soap opera Hollyoaks and in Coronation Street as Paul Kershaw, the love interest of Eileen Grimshaw. Hirst also narrated the UK version of How It's Made, shown on the Discovery and Quest channels, and various programmes for Channel 4.


  • Filmography 1
  • Other TV appearances 2
  • Theatre 3
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Hirst's acting roles include Mike Barnes from Hollyoaks, Martin Gooch from The Ghost Squad and Steve Kingsley from Holby City. He has narrated TV documentaries such as Blueprint for Disaster, 2005, The Garage, Smash Lab, and How It's Made since 1999. He also narrates some of the programme trailers on Fox and Channel 4. Hirst appeared as a fireman called Paul on Coronation Street during the show's 50th anniversary in December 2010.[1] Paul returned to Coronation Street as a regular character during October 2011. It was revealed on 24 February 2013 that Hirst would be leaving Coronation Street in 2013 at the end of his contract. In 2014, Tony Hirst narrated 2 seasons of food factory and in 2015 narrated season 1 of home factory both on Discovery science.

Other TV appearances

Hirst appeared on Ready Steady Cook, on BBC Two on 5 March 2008, and lost to Zoë Lister, who plays Zoe Carpenter in Hollyoaks. He played the part of Rom, a Roman man, on CBBC children's history programme The Romans in Britain shown on BBC2 and "Uncle Jake" in the BBC children's programme "The World Around Us". He played the part of a policeman in the first series of the Channel 4 show Shameless. He appeared on the Channel 4 show No Angels as an "ambulance chaser" in the first series.

Hirst narrates Benefits Street and the UK versions of Mike Rowe's Dirty Jobs and How It's Made on Discovery channels. Hirst portrays a man sent back from the future to warn of an impending alien invasion in an ad being aired on Discovery Science to promote their Out of this World campaign.


Hirst produced two one-man shows touring the UK during the summer and autumn 2008, including four weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The first play "Wombman", written and performed by Ricky Payne, which Hirst also directed and the second "Wacker Murphy's Bad Buzz" written and performed by Edwin Mullane.

Personal life

Hirst lives with partner Sue and they have two children, actress Kate Colgrave Pope and a son Jack.[2] Hirst has an MSA Competition Licence and competed in the 2012 Silverstone Classic Celebrity Challenge race.


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  2. ^ "Zoe Lister and Tony Hirst".  

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