Chris launched his new dance and theatre academy in New Brighton on Monday night, aiming to give youngsters a similar experience of attending a London stage school to help hone their skills.

The opening honours were performed by Hollyoaks actress Terri Dwyer, Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral Cllr Pat and Mrs Elaine Hackett, Radio City’s Claire Simmons and Wirral Radio’s Bev Macca.

Read all about it here.

View the photos here.

Congratulations to one of my very talented academy @CMTAacademy students, Aleisha on raising £560.00 for The James Bulger Memorial Trust sky dive.


Well done


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.