The Irishman’s Stephen Graham in Coronation Street throwback pic as Simon Gregson teases cameo was his best role – The Sun

CORONATION Street's Simon Gregson has teased Stephen Graham on Twitter over his success in The Irishman – insisting his standout role was actually playing Steve's mate in the soap.

Graham won huge praise for his performance alongside Hollywood heavyweights Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in Martin Scorsese's Netflix movie.

Yet when Graham shared a video of Al Pacino calling him a "cool guy" at the Critics Choice Awards on Sunday, Gregson saw his chance to strike.

He tweeted his former co-star: "I still say your best role was Steve's mate."

Charlie Lawson joined in on the trip down memory lane, sharing a photo of his character Jim McDonald squaring up to Graham's drug-dealer Lee Sankey.

He captioned the photo: "He was good then and he's bloody brilliant now."



Compliments have poured in after Brit movie lovers watched Graham play gangster Anthony Provenzano in The Irishman.

But Coronation Street fans will remember Graham from his humble start on the Cobbles over a decade ago.

He played drug-dealer Lee Sankey in the ITV soap back in 1999, having a huge bust-up with Steve's dad Jim McDonald (Charlie Lawson) who accused him of turning Steve into a drug-runner.


Steve and Lee made friends when Steve tried to sell blackmarket tobacco in a pub – soon finding himself on dangerous Lee's patch.

And Jim blew his lid when he found out Steve had followed his pal to Amsterdam on a drug smuggling mission.

But all was not as it seemed as Steve got back from Amsterdam and it turned out he'd only brought back a dog named Polly.

However, Lee returned to dealing drugs and hasn't been seen since he got banged up again.


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After a brief stint on the Corrie cobbles, Stephen first broke into film in 2000, acting as dim-witted Tommy in Guy Ritchie’s crime caper Snatch.

Playing a criminal in his first big blockbuster role set the scene for much of his career.

Stephen’s first starring role was in gritty 2006 film This Is England, when despite his Jamaican heritage, he played the film’s main villain, sociopathic National Front thug Combo.

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