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It’s been a while since Richard Fleeshman appeared as a childhood star on ITV soap Coronation Street.
But now, 15 years on, the 32 year old actor looks completely different with his tanned gym-honed physique.
The actor and musician joined the Manchester-based soap when he was just 12 years old.
At the time, he played floppy-haired Craig Harris who was the goth boyfriend of Helen Flanagan who portrayed the role of Rosie Webster.
It was a rocky start for Richard’s character on the cobbles. Amid the drama surrounding Rosie’s romance with Martin Platt, Craig's sister Katy, played by Lucy Jo Hudson, killed their dad Tommy Harris and their mum Angela was sent to jail.
While on Corrie, Richard met his best friend and fellow Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas who he recently supported on his marathon walk for CALM.
Richard’s mum, actress Sue Jenkins, also starred in the soap back in the 1980s for three years as Gloria Todd.
But it was more than two decades later that Richard made his first appearance on the cobbles in 2002.
The all singing and all dancing childhood star left the show when he 16 years old.
But he didn’t stray far from his acting and singing roots.
Richard found work and success on the West End and Broadway, with roles in hit shows including Legally Blonde and Ghost: The Musical which was based on the film with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.
Three years prior to his 16th birthday, Richard become the youngest person to win the Stars In Their Eyes Celebrity Special. He also took his singing roles to new heights when he supported singing Elton John while on tour on three occasions.
A picture on Richard’s Instagram shows him congratulating Elton for winning an Oscar back in 2020.
By the looks of other pictures posted to Richard’s Instagram, he is quite the avid traveller, having posted a string of images of him posing candidly while traveling the world pre Covid.
In one picture we can see him looking off into the distance in Bali, and another of him enjoying the beautiful waterfalls in the Indonesian island of Lombok, while cuddling up to Dutch actress and singer partner, Celinde Schoenmaker.
In other snaps, the beautiful pair can be seen smiling while posing with a Bali beach in the background and hiking up Ryan Mountain in California.
In a couple of pictures, Richard treated his 46,000 followers to a picture of him smiling with his top off, having taken a dip in a pool.
He captioned the picture: “Heading Into the last week of my 20’s..what a ride these years that started with a 2 have been.
“So much has happened, its moulded me into who I am today and for good or for bad I wouldn’t change a thing.
“Im ready for 30, like slipping into a beautiful tailored suit, yes it’s a little more grown up but it looks cool as fuck..thank you 20’s you’ve been a blast, now it’s almost time to level up….though, there is still a week left in you to cause some trouble.”
He also sharing video clips of himself playing his guitar and piano, and advertising his 2020 EP called Grove Hill with beautiful blonde beauty Celinde.
In one of his latest posts, Richard took to Instagram to post a series of pictures of Celinde to wish her a happy birthday with a heartfelt caption.
He captioned it: “Happy birthday to this wonder human.
“I’m so proud and inspired by her boundless energy for living each day to the fullest.
“Here’s to all the travels and adventures that lie ahead when things return to normal but until then, In the most unusual of years, I’m so lucky I get to lock down with you,” followed by a red heart emoji.”
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