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Who is Craig Tinker actor Colson Smith and how has the Coronation Street star lost weight?

ACTOR Colson Smith is best known for his role as Craig Tinker in Corrie.

Here's everything you need to know about the man who plays the police officer in the ITV show.

Who is Colson Smith?

Colson Smith, 21, is from Dorchester.

The British actor is best known for playing Craig Tinker in Coronation Street since August 2011.

Colson, who moved to Yorkshire when he was five, got his big break when he attended drama classes run by Northern Film and Drama in 2009.

While acting in Corrie, Colson continued his education which he finished in 2016.

What storylines has Craig Tinker had?

Colson Smith has played Craig Tinker in Corrie since August 2011 after joining with his mum Beth and pet rat Darryl.

After bringing down Bethany Platt's rapist, he finally managed to convince Bethany to become his girlfriend.

However, the pair split after they came to blows over her secret career as a lapdancer.

Colson has also earned praise for portraying his character's long-running battle against obsessive compulsive disorder, which has continued to worsen at the start of 2018.

More recently, Craig's storylines have seen him vow to lose weight after he was picked on at work.

When did Jack P Shepherd move in with Colson Smith?

Colson found himself living with his Corrie co-star Jack P Shepherd following Jack's split from his fiancée Lauren Sheppey.

The actor, famed for playing David Platt on the ITV soap, revealed his split from his partner of 15 years and the mother of his two children in October 2017.

He then moved into a new pad with Colson and actor Freddie Bolt.

Posting a picture of the three of them, Jack, 30, wrote: “My flat mates. @colsonjsmith @freddieb1993.”

How has Colson Smith lost weight?

In 2016 it was revealed he had shed three and half stone after hitting the gym and being put on a strict diet.

However, Coronation Street fans were stunned to see Colson look dramatically different on our TV screens after he lost a huge amount of weight during the coronavirus lockdown.

The actor has previously said he has lost a mammoth 10 stone overall - and first showed off his his impressive new look, which has seen him shed more than a stone recently, as he headed off to a showbiz event back in March.

Colson started hitting the gym - which includes weights and kettlebells - and going running regularly this year to make sure he was in shape for his storyline on Corrie.

His weight loss has been written into his Corrie storylines, with his character Craig determined to get fit in his police officer role.

Craig finally comes clean about his OCD after police break into his flat

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