One of the original members of the Coronation Street cast 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 the Coronation Street Blog. They say they spoke to a neighbor who told them he passed away on Monday, September 6, 2021.
“Very sad to read that dear Ernst Walder has passed away,” Daran, who occasionally worked on the ITV soap from 2000 to 2010, wrote on Twitter.
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“An original C St cast member who quickly became Tony Warren’s boyfriends before Tony caught him in bed with another cast member.” He added: “Ernst sent my sons chocolates every Christmas and was the nicest man,” alongside a photo taken on the cobblestones.
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 co-creator of the show, Tony Warren in the 1960s.
Others also pay 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. Very 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. He became a servant and butler of his own accord before becoming an actor and landing his first film role in The One That Got Away.
He also played the part of a police officer in The Safecracker in 1958 and just two years later, he joined the cast of Coronation Street for its second ever episode.