Writer and actor Stephen Mallatratt wrote more than 100 scripts for Coronation Street and also adapted Susan Hill’s 1983 ghost story The Woman in Black for the West End stage.
The production opened in 1987 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough before transferring to the West End where it is still playing to capacity houses. Mallatratt also scripted two major dramas for Granada Television, the remake of The Forsyte Saga (2002) and Island at War (2004), the dramatisation of the Channel Islands’ experience of Nazi occupation during the Second World War. As an actor he had appeared twice in Coronation Street, as Peter Hockley (1979) and Jeff Moffatt (1982).
Born in London on June 15, 1947 Mallatratt began acting with amateur companies as a boy. On leaving school he became a builder and eventually trained for the theatre at Central School of Speech and Drama.
In the seventies he joined the company at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough playing a variety of roles in plays such as Absent Friends, Bedroom Farce and The Breadwinners. Encouraged by Alan Ayckbourn he wrote several plays which were produced at the Library Theatre, Scarborough including An Englishman’s Home (1975), The Chimes (1975) and Mother Country (1976).
In 1982 he had a brief stint in Emmerdale cast as the vet John Stokes and later he began writing for Coronation Street. In 1995 he suggested that his friend the actor David Nielson play the role of Roy Cropper in the series. Mallatratt died aged 57 on November 22.