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Corrie star who quit TV for life on a farm after Strictly ‘curse’

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A life in the limelight seems ideal to some, but one soap star has traded it all in for a quieter setup.

Jimi Mistry played Kal Nazir in Coronation Street.

Leanne Battersby’s fiancé Kal was caught up in the fire drama at Victoria Court flats in the ITV soap in May 2015.

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After waving Leanne to safety, a gas canister next to him exploded in the blaze – which was started by Tracy Barlow.

Eastenders was where Jimi first rose to fame but he had big film roles in Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla, 2012 alongside Danny Glover and Blood Diamond opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, and East is East.

So it’s fair to say it may come as a surprise that the actor has given up showbiz in its entirety, now living off grid in Devon, Yorkshire Live reports.



Kal was caught up in the fire drama, where he failed to escape the inferno
Kal was caught up in the fire drama, where he failed to escape the inferno

Jimi appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2010.

With the BBC show seeing the beginning and end of plenty of relationship, its infamous ‘curse’ has become a well-known term.

In true Strictly tradition, Jimi announced he had got together with partner Flavia Cacace – just weeks after she ended her relationship with Matt DiAngelo.

Jimi and Flavia married in 2013 and have completely changed their career paths.



Jimi and Flavia performing the quickstep in 2010
Jimi and Flavia performing the quickstep in 2010

The couple now run a personal training and nutrition business and Jimi has even retrained as a chef.

The two of them live off-grid in North Devon, finding peace living on their own farm.

The East is East star told the Yorkshire Post that cooking was one of his “obsessions”, and he went to train at Leith’s School of Food and Wine in 2015, where he passed the course with flying colours.

Jimi said: “I had been an actor for over 20 years, travelled the world and experienced pretty much everything an actor could, from Hollywood to soap and everything in-between… but I knew I needed a change.”



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