One of the original Coronation Street cast members has died, it has been announced. Ernst Walder, who played the role of Ivan Chevesk, died last September at the age of 94.
Former Corrie writer Daran Little took to social media on Thursday (June 16) to share the sad news of Ernst’s death, after it was first reported on Coronation Street Blog. They say they spoke to a neighbor who told them he died on Monday September 6, 2021.
“Very sad to hear of the passing of my dear Ernst Walder,” Daran, who worked on the ITV soap opera from 2000 to 2010, wrote on Twitter.
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“An original C St cast member who quickly became Tony Warren’s boyfriend before Tony caught him in bed with another cast member.” He added: ‘Ernst used to send my sons chocolates every Christmas and was the most charming man,’ alongside a picture taken on the cobbles.
Ernst played Ivan in Corrie, the son-in-law of cobblestone matriarch Elsie Tanner, between 1960 and 1963 and again from 1966 to 1967. He was also in a relationship with show co-creator Tony Warren in the 1960s.
Others also paid tribute to the actor. One person wrote: “Sad to read of Ernst Walder’s death, he played Ivan Cheveski in Coronation Street and was one of the original characters in 1960. Extremely close to Pat Phoenix, he had so much charisma in those early years . Very sad to read of his passing.”
Ernst is said to have come to England in 1952 after escaping from the Russian zone of Eastern Europe after being arrested by the occupiers for helping refugees move west. On his own initiative, he became a valet and butler before becoming an actor and landed his first film role in He Who Goes Away.
He also starred as a policeman in The Safecracker in 1958 and just two years later joined the cast of Coronation Street for its second episode.