ITV Tipping Point: Real life of Coronation Street’s Tim Metcalfe star Joe Duttine – fiancée co-star and former soap role

Actor Joe Duttine is best known for his role as Tim Metcalfe on Coronation Street. He joined the hit ITV soap almost a decade ago in 2013 – and fans have loved watching his comedic relationship with legend Sally Metcalfe ever since.

The journey for Tim hasn’t been without his struggles though, and most recently viewers saw him deal with a heart condition he kept a secret from his wife. But what is actor Joe’s real life like away from Weatherfield?

As he appears this evening in Tipping Point: Lucky Stars, in a bid to win £20,000 for charity, we take a look at the actor’s relationship away from the cameras and career before Corrie.

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The 51-year-old was born in Halifax and moved to London for drama school when he was a teenager. Before his major gig on Coronation Street, he appeared in many dramas.

His TV debut was in the series Between the Lines in 1992. He went on to star in Pie in the Sky, The Time of Your Life, Silent Witness, and Serious and Organized, opposite Martin Kemp.

Joe Duttine (pictured left) as DC Tony Finn in Serious and Organized in 2003

He also starred in Channel 4 drama The Village as Rutter and Manchester drama Shameless – where he played Cameron Donnelly, the father of Maxine Donnelly in the gritty Channel 4 comedy-drama in 2010.

While Joe has played Tim Metcalfe – the biological father of Faye Windass (Ellie Leach) – for nine years, he initially broke onto the cobbles three years earlier. He made his first appearance on the soap in 2010 as DS Carr-the officer who arrested Gail Platt (Helen Worth) on suspicion of the murder of her husband Ella Joe (Reece Dinsdale).

Corrie’s Sally Carman and Joe Duttine

During his time on Corrie, Joe has been fortunate to find love with one of his fellow co-stars, Sally Carman, who plays Abi Franklin. The loved-up couple are thought to have started their romantic relationship in the summer of 2018.

In June 2021, they posted a selfie together on Instagram in a hot tub which was captioned “Three years”. Joe popped the question to the actress and made her his fiancee de ella during lockdown, when the lovebirds were holed up at home together.

Sharing a picture of her emerald ring, Sally said on Instagram in March 2020: “So this happened… #yes”. Joe often shares snaps of Sally to his account de él-joe_duttine_-with sweet captions.

One international women’s day, I uploaded a gorgeous selfie of Sally, and wrote alongside it: “Happy international women’s day…. This lady [love heart emoji]. However despite being together for some time, due to the various lockdowns amid the pandemic, their wedding was postponed.

The lovebirds were set to tie the knot last December, however they chose to put it back a year. They’re now set to marry this Christmas at St Philip’s Church in Salford.

“We should have been getting married this December, but we put it to next year because we didn’t know what the score was going to be COVID wise,” Sally told the Mirror last year.

“We thought it was better safe than sorry because I would have hated to have arranged it and then not be able to do it properly.” She added: “I’m obsessed with Christmas, so when Joe said: ‘What’s your favorite time, when would you most like to do it?’ it had to be Christmas.

“We’re going to have the wedding late afternoon so it will be dark and it will be lit by rows of Christmas trees and twinkly lights; I can’t wait.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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