Coronation Street's Colson Smith looks unrecognisable in throwback snap from first day as Craig Tinker

CORONATION Street's Colson Smith looks unrecognisable in a throwback snap from first day as his onscreen character Craig Tinker.

The actor, who plays police officer in the ITV soap, shocked fans when he revealed his epic 10 stone weight loss for the first time in 2020.


The TV star, 23, first joined the cobbles back in August 2011, with the teenager joining mum Beth on a date with Steve McDonald.

He proved popular with fans and returned as a full-time character at the start of 2012.

He joined the soap as a 12-year-old teenager and have changed dramatically over that past 11 years.

In a throwback snap, Colson looked very different as the fresh-faced youngster who has become a fan favourite over the past decade.

Last year, the actor opened up about how much the horrific trolling over his weight has affected him over the years.

The star decided to completely change his life with exercise and healthy eating to make sure that he was able to chase people as a policeman on Corrie.

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But despite shedding a huge amount of weight, the nasty comments he's received online from the age of 11 will always be in the back of his mind.

Colson recently told Runner’s World UK magazine: "That fat kid is the kid that I’ve looked at every day in the mirror and I still see him now."

He added: “It’s a battle I’m probably going to carry with me for the rest of my life.”

One thing that Colson has really started to love doing since his lifestyle change is running.

At the beginning of his journey he did it because he wanted to lose weight, but soon realised how great it made him feel mentally, as well as physically.

Colson explained: "My first runs were in the witching hour, pitch black. “I had a snood and a cap on. I did not want to be seen.

“But then you see other people who look like you, in the same position as you, and the inhibitions start to run off.

“Running does give you confidence. You’re not doing it for anyone else and no one else is going to do it for you.

“Once you have that idea in your head, you’re on to a winner.” 

Colson first showed off his huge weight loss at the TRIC Awards in London back in March 2020.

Weeks later the UK were put into their first coronavirus lockdown, meaning that the actor had plenty of time to focus on his fitness foals.

Over the months he regularly shared what he got up to during his home workouts on Instagram and left fans amazed at his his shrinking frame.

Colson unveiled his epic weight loss for the first time on our screens in August last year after returning to work.

The actor decided to share his journey with fans on his documentary Bored of Being the Fat Kid, which he released on his YouTube channel.


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