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Neil Morrissey to swap TV for pub role

Neil Morrissey

Story by Jack Foley

WATERLOO Road star Neil Morrissey has reportedly announced that he intends to swap showbiz for a job managing a pub.

According to an interview with Hello! magazine, the former Men Behaving Badly star has filmed his final scenes as deputy head Eddie Lawson in the long-running BBC school drama.

And he intends to concentrate on another passion, running a 17th Century Yorkshire public house, called Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn, which he part owns.

The actor told the Daily Mail newspaper: “Acting has been good to me, but a lot of what I do now is nothing more than factory television. I find running a pub far more challenging, much more creative.”

Although Morrissey will depart Waterloo Road, he won’t be giving up acting completely as he intends to tread the boards in a fringe run of the theatre version of Tom Cruise Oscar winner Rain Man. Hollywood heart-throb Josh Hartnett appeared in the West End run of that production.

And he’ll also be continuing to provide the voice of Bob The Builder.

In pub terms, however, Morrissey is also very active and has developed his own beer with friend and Yo Old Punch Bowl Inn co-owner Richard Fox, called Morrisey Fox Blonde Aleat.

Morrissey’s pub is located in Marton cum Grafton, in North Yorkshire.