Such was his versatility as a character actor that George Waring, who has died of cancer aged 84, took five different roles in the ITV soap Coronation Street. Of these, he will be best remembered as Arnold Swain, the bigamist husband of Emily Bishop.
Arnold, a pet-shop owner, came knocking on the door in 1980, when the timid widow Emily and Deirdre Langton, whose marriage to Ray had broken up, formed the Coronation Street Secretarial Bureau and he wanted help with his book-keeping. The actor had no inkling of what the writers ultimately had in store for Arnold. "I was just told that he was a chap who ran a pet shop and was to start an association with Emily," said Waring. "I played him without the foreknowledge that he was a bit of a dubious devil. Then, when the change came,