A former Coronation Street actor says he is feeling overwhelmed with emotion after becoming a citizen of the USA after ditching the UK in favour of Hollywood.
Hunky 47-year-old actor Matthew Marsden told fans he was delighted to have been successful in being naturalised into America.
Taking to social media on Tuesday, Matthew revealed he had successfully become an American citizen – and went on to explain he was overjoyed by his achievement.
Sharing photos and updates on Twitter yesterday, Matthew said a meal from fast-food chain Chick-fil-A was his first dinner as an American.
He tweeted: “For those of you that follow me and know how much I love the USA…. I want you to know that I am now officially an American citizen!”
Sharing a photo of his Chick-fil-A takeout order, he continued: “First meal as a newly minted American. @ChickfilA,” alongside a winking emoji and an American flag emoji.
He then shared a photo of a cake made of doughnuts, writing: “You guys made my day even more special with your wonderful comments. Thank you.”
As Wednesday dawned, Matthew revealed he was still overjoyed at his new status.
He wrote: “Morning everyone. I feel different today.”
And he went on: “How do I feel different? For years I have felt like a kid pressing his nose up against the toy store window looking at a gleaming new bike. I got to try it out now and then, but but it was never mine.
“Now it is…and the feeling is as great as I always thought it would be.”
Matthew played mechanic Chris Collins on Corrie between 1997 and 1998.
His roles in other TV shows include parts in historical drama Helen of Troy, crime dramas CDI: Miami and NCIS, and a two episode part in comedy smash Two and a Half Men.
He has also starred in big screen movies including Resident Evil: Extinction, the Oscar winning Black Hawk Down, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and the recent blockbuster Tenet.
Matthew has previously discussed quitting Corrie after just one year to chase Hollywood stardom.
He said: ”I was very fortunate to get the break of doing Coronation Street, which I loved.
“I was aware of the history of the show and fortunate that Brian Park – the show’s Scottish boss back then – gave me that chance.
“But after a year, I wanted to be tested, to see how far I could push myself and do different things. Some people have said I thought I was bigger than the show but I never thought that at all.
“Even though I was only in it for a year, I am still referred to as a Corrie star.”
He now lives in LA with former ballerina wife Nadine Micallef and their children.