Meet Kirk: Coronation Street's Andy Whyment

By Amelia Slater

1st July 2020

Meet Kirk: Coronation Street’s Andy Whyment

Kirk – Coronation Street’s favourite funny man – has graced the cobbles with his spectacular singing and hilarious one-liners. We love Kirky!

Andrew Whyment Has Played Kirk Sutherland For Two Decades

Since 2000, Andy Whyment has played the role of Kirk Sutherland on Coronation Street.

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Who Is Andy Whyment?

Andy Whyment is an English actor from Clifton, Greater Manchester, who got his first big television break playing Darren Sinclair-Jones in BBC sitcom The Royle Family.

Andy trained at the Laine Johnson Theatre School in Salford before going on to have minor roles in The Cops, Where the Heart Is and Heartbeat.

One thing Andy surprised us all with was his killer vocals! The actor appeared on ITV reality show/singing competition in 2006, auditioned in character of Kirk for The X Factor in 2010.

Andy Married His Long-Term Girlfriend Nicola In 2007

In 2007, Andy married his long-term girlfriend Nicola. The pair have two children together: Thomas and Hollie.

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Andy Is Said To Pocket £125K A Year Working On The Soap

We all know that soap stars get paid handsomely for their dedication to drama, but did you know that Andy Whyment landed a £125,000-a-year soap contract in 2019?

The 38-year-old star has been a regular on the cobbles for twenty years and the bosses are most certainly not about to let Kirk go any time soon!

A source revealed to The Sun:

‘Andrew is very pleased to have been given a new deal and he feels fortunate for each year he’s been in Corrie.

‘And with a cheque for I’m a Celeb in his back pocket he’ll definitely be enjoying a lucrative 2020.’

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Andy Took Part In The Nineteenth Series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! 

In 2019, Andy took part in the nineteenth series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

The actor admitted to having ‘absolutely no survival skills’ ahead on him entering the jungle. He said:

‘I am not looking forward to the eating trials and I am a bit worried about what I will find when you put your hand in something. But when you are hungry, you have to do it for your campmates and try your best’

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Andy finished as a runner-up in the series, losing the crown to ex-EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa.

He was one of two late arrivals to join the series, alongside Cliff Parisi.

Who Is Kirk?

Kirk Sutherland made his first appearance on Coronation Street in 2000, introduced as the older brother of Maria Connor.

Described as ‘dense but with a good heart’, viewers fell in love with the hapless packer. Kirk was famously unlucky in love, often as he was pushed around a lot by women.

However, he finally met his match in the quirky and loud Beth Tinker (Lisa George).

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Kirk married Beth Tinker in 2015 and became a step-father to her son Craig.

Kirk And Beth Are Couple Goals

Back in 2012, Kirk offered to drive Beth Tinker to go on her date with a man called Dave. However, the date ended up being a disaster, resulting in Kirk getting a punch to the face after calling Dave an ‘idiot’.

The two end up getting close after that and start dating.

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The Quirky Couple Had a Quirky 80s Themed Wedding

In the joining together of two larger-than-life personalities, you weren’t honestly expecting a traditional church wedding were you?!

Of course Kirk and Beth had to make their special day one to remember. After all, as Madonna would say:

‘Better to live one year as a tiger, than a hundred years as a sheep.’

The couple had an ’80s themed’ fancy dress wedding, with the bride and groom dressing up as eighties icons to mark the occasion. The blushing bride took inspiration from Madonna whilst the dashing groom dressed up as Adam Ant.

On his character finally finding love, Andy revealed to OK! Magazine:

‘I think Kirk getting married to Beth (Lisa George) has been my favourite storyline because I never thought Kirk would get married.

‘He has always been unlucky in love. People always compare Kirk and Beth to Jack and Vera Duckworth but, in my eyes, there will only ever be one Jack and Vera.’

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Andy Admits He Still Gets A ‘Buzz’ Out Of Being On Corrie After Two Decades

The star revealed to OK! Magazine:

‘I still get a buzz now when I drive up to the studio gates and they lift the barriers for me.

‘I am still a massive fan of the show and it’s a privilege to have been there this long.’

 

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