He made his exit from Coronation Street in 2005 after 20 years on the cobbles, with his character Martin Platt moving to Liverpool with his new girlfriend Robyn.
But Sean Wilson still knows how to keep himself busy, as he was spotted handing out samples of his award-winning cheese in Manchester Christmas Market on Tuesday.
The 52-year-old actor was seen outside of his stall offering his cheese to passers-by, keeping bundled up in an olive green padded jacket.
Brie-se try it! Former Coronation Street star Sean Wilson was a farcry from the cobbles on Tuesday as he offered out samples of his award-winning cheese in Manchester
Sean played the long-suffering husband of Gail Platt on the ITV soap for 20 years, but has since become an acclaimed chef and cheese-maker.
After launching the Saddleworth Cheese Company in 2009, Sean’s venture has gone from strength to strength, signing a new contract with Asda earlier this year.
Despite several acting jobs after leaving Corrie, Sean recently revealed that his main focus is now on cheese-making, but he hasn’t turned his back on acting forever.
When asked if he would return to the screen, Sean told The Mirror in August: ‘Very much so. I have an agent and I’m offered things but I’m fortunate enough to weigh things up as to whether I want to do it.
‘I still speak to one or two from Coronation Street, but they’re wrapped up in that world. When you’re in that world you don’t have time for a social world.’
Soap legend: Sean previously played Corrie’s Martin Platt from 1985-2005 (pictured left in 1990)
Keeping warm: Sean was all bundled up in a green parka jacket during his time at the Manchester Christmas Market
Yum! Sean was seen offering samples to passers-by, after winning a massive contract with Asda earlier this year
Back on screen: Sean has not ruled out a return to acting, telling the Mirror that it depends on his schedule
Foodie: Martin is also an acclaimed chef, having cooked in several Michelin Star restaurants
Sean was involved in some of Coronation Street’s most intense story-lines as Martin Platt, after marrying Gail and fathering son David.
He also became the adopted father of Nick and Sarah Platt, helping Sarah through her teenage pregnancy in a storyline that was acclaimed by viewers.
One of Martin’s most memorable plots was in the early 1990s, when he become embroiled in the exploits of ‘psycho-nanny’ Carmel Finnan.
After meeting the nurse and suggesting she babysit for Martin, Carmel becomes so infatuated with him that she believes she is pregnant with his baby.
Luckily, Gail sees through Carmel’s lies, and a tense confrontation resulted in her being pushed down the stairs.
Eighties icon: Sean made his first appearance in Corrie in 1985
Golden couple: Martin was married to Gail Platt in the soap, and they were both parents of son David (played by Jack P Shepherd)
Father figure: Martin was also the adopted father to Nick (above) and Sarah Platt
After Martin was caught having an affair with Rebecca Hopkins, resulting in him and Gail eventually divorcing in the early 2000s.
The duo remained on good terms, and Martin even played Gail’s Knight in Shining Armour after she was driven into the canal by her serial killer husband Richard Hillman, in show-stopping scenes.
Martin jumped into the water to rescue his ex-wife and their children, and while it seemed the couple may reconcile it was not to be.
Building to his departure from the soap, Martin fell in love with 16-year-old Katy Harris, though this again ended in tragedy, as Katy eventually committed suicide after being unable to deal with the guilt of murdering her father Tommy.
Despite Sean’s absence from the soap, he has been mentioned on-screen on plenty of occasions, with David even going to ‘visit’ Martin off-screen in November 2016.
Dramatic: Martin was involved in some of the soap’s most tense storylines
Emotional: Building to his departure from Corrie, Martin fell in love with 16-year-old Katy Harris (Lucy-Jo Hudson), who eventually committed suicide