Coronation Street Spider actor’s fame after exit from soap

Martin Hancock played eco-warrior Spider, a character many fans loved.

December 30th 2021

Coronation Street Spider actor’s fame after exit from soap
Toyah and Spider in corrie
Spider and Toyah were in a relationship (Picture: ITV)

Martin Hancock is most known for playing Geoffrey Nugent – aka Spider – in Coronation Street.

The character became a fan favourite throughout his time in Weatherfield.

With an eco-warrior mindset and amazing dress sense, Spider also had surprising relationship with Toyah Battersby (Georgia Taylor).

In 2003, Martin decided his time on the soap had come to an end, so Spider left the cobbles.

Since leaving Corrie, Martin has appeared in a variety of shows both on screen and on stage.

Spider in Corrie
Spider left Weatherfield in 2003 (Picture: ITV)

His credits include 24 Hour Party People, Holby City, Casualty and Doctors.

In 2008, he starred alongside Daniel Craig in the film Defiance.

Back in 2014, Martin told the Daily Express whether he’d return to Coronation Street.

He said: ‘As to the future, well, I may go back to Coronation Street one day. Who knows when Spider Nugent might return?’.

In May, joined other press for a zoom call with Sylvia Lancaster, mother of Sophie Lancaster who, along with boyfriend Robert Maltby, were attacked in a park back in 2007 because of the way they looked. As a consequence of the attack, Sophie died from her injuries and now her mother Sylvia has set up the foundation in her daughter’s memory.

Coronation Street worked with Sylvia and The Sophie Lancaster Foundation throughout Seb Franklin (Harry Visioni) and Nina Lucas’ (Mollie Gallagher) hate crime storyline, which saw them attacked because of Nina’s Victorian goth sub-culture.

During the zoom call, Sylvia reflected on how much Sophie enjoyed watching Corrie and took a particular liking to one character…

‘There was a young guy on called Spider and he was an eco-warrior. I can see him as vividly as anything, Sophie adored him, everything about him; what he stood for, what he looked like, who he was. She loved him.’

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