Coronation Street star Charles Dale, who played Dennis Stringer on the ITV soap, announced he is splitting from his wife and is struggling with money and work twenty years after appearing on the cobbles.
Sharing a picture of himself on a rooftop garden in Tenby, Wales, Charles was candid with his followers as he made the announcement on social media.
He wrote: "So, 60 today (WTF), unemployed, skint, going through a divorce (fine but tricky), but thanks to the generosity of my family and friends, feeling not too shoddy.
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"In fact, one might say, downright chipper! Can’t think why, can you?"
Charles' announcement that he is "skint and unemployed" comes only months after he revealed he was becoming a local councillor in Tenby.
The actor was last seen on Coronation Street as Dennis in 2002 after two years and a number of dramatic storylines on the cobbles.
Dennis was killed off the soap after being caught in a fatal car accident with a drunk driver, leaving fans devastated.
He was then seen as Big Mac on Casualty from 2007 to 2016, and later appeared on Holby City, The Bill and A Touch of Frost.
Charles has always kept his personal life to himself, and hasn't ever named his wife, but that didn't stop fans from quickly posting messages of encouragement on his post as he made the candid admission.
One said: "Happy Birthday. A new chapter in your future. If you do it right, the end of the book can be the most exciting and satisfying!! Have a lovely, lovely day, lovely Charlie!"
A second agreed: "Keep the faith Charles," to which Charles replied: "Never in doubt."
A third chipped in: "Happy birthday mate. Keep grinding, if we’re moving forwards, we’re winning."
Corrie airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm on ITV.
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