Steve Mcdonald is an established Toronto/Canadian artist whom has been exhibiting and creating work across Canada, India, Italy, Scotland and Indonesia for the past twenty years. Steve is represented worldwide by the Illozoo illustration Agency. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a diploma in Editorial Illustration in 1992. His work has appeared in many publications and he has held numerous shows in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and India. Steve's work consists of small on-site studies ( usually done with pencil/chalk on colored paper ) and large format studio work ( done with pencil & charcoal/chalk with acrylic washes on paper ). Recently he has also become known for creating unique digital manipulations of photographs as well as his own drawings and paintings. These are released as limited edition archival prints or utilized in print or web media. His work can be found in many corporate collections ( Scotia Bank, Manu-Life, OliverFinancial, Caladonia ) as well as a large number of private collections. Recently Steve has become known for his highly detailed birds eye view renderings of villages, cities and rural scenes as well as his compositions of machinery and his popular flying car series. Steve presently lives in Bali, Indonesia and when not in his studio working can be found surfing the waves around the island with one of his two daughters.
In February 2009, Steve McDonald was voted the nation's favourite soap character in a poll conducted by newspaper. Talking about the victory Gregson stated; "Oh my God, I am chuffed. I'm delighted people enjoy watching Steve and the scrapes he gets into. And I'm pleased people like to watch him as much as I love playing him."
|Coronation Street character|
|Portrayed by||Simon Gregson|
|First appearance||Episode 3001
6 December 1989
|Introduced by||Mervyn Watson|
|Book appearances||Coronation Street:
The Complete Saga
Fifty Years of
|Streetcar Stories (2014)|
|Occupation||Taxi Driver (2000–15)
Barman (2006–11, 2013–)
Pub Landlord (2006–11, 2013–)
|Home||Rovers Return Inn|
Over the years, storylines involving Steve McDonald have received some negative backlash. In 2002, the Broadcasting Standards Commission criticised for being "unacceptably menacing" in regard to the hospital scene where Steve was threatened by Jez Quigley, broadcast two years previously. A spokeswoman for the soap defended the controversial storyline saying; "We are a realistic drama and we did flag up the fact there was going to be violence in the Steve McDonald episode. We are mindful that has a large family audience and endeavour to appeal to young and old at all times." In 2008, a leading policeman blamed for glamorising drink driving. He pointed out that Street's cab driver McDonald was regularly seen drinking in the Rovers Return – setting a bad example to drivers.
Steve McDonald has proven to be one of the most popular characters on the Street in recent years due to high profile storylines such as his dodgy dealings with Jez Quigley and his explosive relationships with Karen McDonald and Tracy Barlow. At the 2004 Awards, the Tracy/Steve baby secret won the 'Best Storyline' gong. The presence of the McDonald family on and Steve in particular have been singled out for praise. In a 2008 interview with , Simon Gregson expressed his delight with the character's "bad-boy" image, saying that the producers were of the same opinion. Critic Tony Stewart praised the episodes in which Steve discovered that Lloyd and Liz were having a fling, calling it "pure comedy gold, full of wicked laugh-out-loud one-liners..." Ian Wylie has been very impressed with Simon Gregson's performance as Steve saying, "his on screen performance remains as fresh as the day he started".