Bruce Jones Academy PatronEx-Coronation Street star Bruce Jones has been named as the Academy Patron, replacing former patron, Daniella Westbrook.

The 62-year-old actor, who played cab driver Les Battersby for 10 years, was left struggling after being axed from the ITV soap.

Chris recently saw the ex-Weatherfield regular on the Channel 5 show ‘Celebs On Benefits: Fame to Claim’ and asked him to teach acting and performance skills to his students in Anfield.

The actor, who is no longer on benefits, says: “I’m so pleased to be asked to be a patron of the academy and I’m looking forward to playing an active part.