Emmerdale’s Bill Ward now working as Tesco delivery driver after work dries up
Former Emmerdale actor Bill Ward is working as a delivery driver in order to make a living during the coronavirus pandemic.
The 53-year-old ex ITV soap star, who played James Barton in Emmerdale and Charlie Stubbs in Corrie, revealed he had to look for new ways to make money after acting work dried up.
Bill currently lives in Bristol with his partner and two children, and he decided he needed to look for another career option away from performing arts.
He told Bristol Live he began to work as a Tesco delivery driver in May, as the pandemic halted a production of The Glee Club he was in.
Bill explained to the publication: "Towards the end of May it started to become clear that the pandemic wasn't going away, and if anything it was going to get worse.
"That's when you look at the rest of the year ahead and think, 'Okay, I need to make a living this year; how are we going to do that as a family?"
Bill is still dipping his toes into the world of drama, however, as he revealed he's been "giving photography talks to camera clubs over Zoom", and "taught in drama schools and film schools".
The actor has also written for photography magazines and done voiceover work for Channel 5.
He confirmed he needed "some kind of regular income" as well, so has been doing around 30 hours a week as a delivery driver.
Bill isn't the only famous face to take a step back from performing arts when acting work dried up during lockdown.
Comedian Jason Manford worked as a delivery driver for Iceland, while Corrie star Simon Gregson made some extra cash by filming custom video messages for fans.
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