Coronation Street star Simon Gregson was reportedly questioned by police following an incident in a Toby Carvery pub near Aintree racecourse. Pictures obtained by The Sunday Mirror appear to show the actor speaking to officers following time at the Grand National course at Aintree Ladies Day on Friday, April 8.
Police yesterday confirmed they were investigating a reported “altercation” between two men at The Rocking Horse, a Toby Carvery, on Friday night. A source told the website: “There was a bust-up and bouncers kicked him out – they pinned him to the ground before the police arrived. He was taken to the police van and talked to for some time. It was all very messy.”
Hours earlier the much-loved star, who earns £150,000 a year playing Steve McDonald in the ITV soap, happily posed for pictures with Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall, 40, and her ex-England rugby captain husband Mike, 43, during his day at the races. Gregson, 47, also looked delighted as he rubbed shoulders with ex-footballer Dion Dublin, 52, comedian Jason Manford, 40, and Olympic heptathlete Kelly Sotherton, 45.
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A police spokesman said: “We can confirm Merseyside Police were in attendance at the Rocking Horse pub on Grand National Avenue, Aintree. At around 9.20pm we received a report two men were involved in an altercation inside the pub. No injuries were reported and the victim declined to make a formal complaint to the police. Inquiries are ongoing.”
Gregson, who grew up in Stockport, first joined the Corrie in 1989. He has played hapless taxi boss Steve for three decades and won a string of gongs. He is said to be worth an estimated £1million. He has previously told how the pressures of being catapulted to fame as a teen in the ITV soap saw him turn to booze and drugs.
He said benders in the nineties left him so wasted he would regularly show up late for filming – or not turn up at all. Speaking to the Mirror in 2014, he recalled: “Me and my mates would get dangerously drunk. We were really stupid. I went completely wild. I’d pay for everyone to stay in hotel suites.
“I’d go through a bottle of Scotch at 4 or 5am after the pub. I was spending all my salary going out or on cars. Sometimes I’d be two hours late for work. Other times I’d not be there at all. I didn’t take it seriously and I didn’t want to be there.
“I hated being famous. I’m not proud of my behaviour, but getting wasted was a way of forgetting.” He added: “The cocaine use came hand in hand with the alcohol abuse. I started smoking marijuana first.”
“Reality wasn’t too great so this alternative reality with the use of substances was a better place to be. It was an experimentation at first and I could afford it.” The star admitted he was “drinking to forget” and he received a drink-drive ban in 2007, adding: “I didn’t like being famous. I didn’t like what came with it.” In January 2020 I have shocked fans by vowing to continue boozing despite previous struggles.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.