One of the original Coronation Street cast members has died, it has been announced. Ernst Walder, who played the role of Ivan Chevesk, died last September, aged 94.
Former Corrie writer Daran Little took to social media on Thursday (June 16) to share the sad news of Ernst’s death, after it was first reported on Coronation Street Blog. They say they spoke to a neighbour who told them he passed away on Monday, September 6, 2021.
“Very sad to read of the passing of dearest Ernst Walder,” Daran, who worked on the ITV soap on and off from 2000 until 2010, wrote on Twitter.
“An original C St cast member who quickly became Tony Warren’s boyfriends before Tony caught him in bed with another cast member.” He added: “Ernst used to send my sons chocolates every Christmas and was the loveliest man,” alongside a photo taken on the cobbles.
Ernst played Ivan in Corrie, the son-in-law of cobbles matriarch Elsie Tanner, between 1960 and 1963, and again from 1966 to 1967. He was also in a relationship with show co-creator Tony Warren during the 1960s.
Others have also been paying tribute to the actor. One person wrote: “Sad to read of the death of Ernst Walder, he played Ivan Cheveski in Coronation Street and was one of the original characters back in 1960. Extremely close to Pat Phoenix, he had so much charisma in those early years. Very sad to read of his passing.”
Ernst is said to have came to England in 1952 after escaping from the Russian zone of Eastern Europe following arrest by the occupiers for helping refugees to move west. Upon his own move, he became a valet and a butler before becoming an actor and got his first film role in The One That Got Away.
He also played the role of policeman in The Safecrackerin 1958 and Just two years later he joined the cast of Coronation Street for its second-ever episode.