Just one kiss was all it took to start his career

PUBLISHED: 12:31 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 26 October 2009

Stephen McGann with Georgina Sutton

Stephen McGann with Georgina Sutton

AT this time of love and romance you never know where that magical kiss may lead you. For one ex-soap star, it started his whole career. As a young boy, one-time Emmerdale actor Stephen McGann was so blown away with a kiss, in a school play, that he decid

AT this time of love and romance you never know where that magical kiss may lead you.

For one ex-soap star, it started his whole career.

As a young boy, one-time Emmerdale actor Stephen McGann was so blown away with a kiss, in a school play, that he decided acting was for him.

Now he will showcase his talents in the thriller, The Late Edwina Black, coming to the Gordon Craig Theatre on Tuesday.

The play, which also features ex-Coronation Street star Stephen Beckett, sees Edwina die in suspicious circumstances.

McGann plays the detective who seeks to find out the truth about her death.

Born in Kensington, Liverpool, McGann aged 45, left the city when he was 19-years-old to move to London.

Now he lives in Saffron Walden, near Cambridge, with his scriptwriter wife, Heidi Thomas, and 11-year-old son, Dominic.

The keen Liverpool FC supporter, who played love rat Sean Reynolds from 1999-2002 in Emmerdale, said: "I've been acting for about 25-years and it's amazing.

"That kiss in my school play did it for me and I knew then what I wanted to become.

"I wanted to do this play as I've never played a detective before.

"My character is a bit like Columbo.

"It's fun and its great working with the other actors."

In 2006 McGann played in the West End musical, Footloose and has featured in many plays.

He has also turned his hand to scriptwriting and once wrote an episode of The Bill.

His three brothers, Joe, Paul and Mark are all actors and his younger sister Clare is a TV producer.

Asked how long he will remain an actor, McGann replied: "For as long as I can and for as long as I love it."

The play is on until Saturday (March 1). Tickets start at £17. Concessions get £1.50 off.

Naiomi Madden

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