Coronation Street’s Billy star ‘exhausted’ after filming ‘brutal’ scenes

Coronation Street’s Billy star ‘exhausted’ after filming ‘brutal’ scenes

Coronation Street: Paul struggles to lift his wine glass

Earlier this year, ITV fans saw Paul (played by Peter Ash) start to develop concerning symptoms after being involved in a bike incident.

Struggling to grip his hand, he decided to go to the doctors where they carried out a series of tests before officially informing him he had motor neurone disease.

Despite wanting to keep the diagnosis a secret, besides his friend Dee Dee Bailey (Channique Sterling-Brown) knowing, it all was revealed to his partner Billy on Friday night.

Deciding to attend without Paul’s knowledge, he listened as the judge gave his partner a suspended sentence in light of his MND diagnosis.

Shocked at the revelation, the duo had a tough conversation in the court as they were both overcome with emotion with Paul breaking down over their future.

Speaking to and other media publications, actor Daniel Brocklebank touched on filming the scenes where Billy finally knows the truth about Paul’s MND.

He said: “They were brutal, absolutely. I came home exhausted after that day.

“Pete (Ash) and I had done some filming that day with Rob Burrow as well, which I think added to the intensity of filming them.

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“Obviously, having spent the afternoon with somebody with advanced MND, such a hero like Rob [Burrow] as well.

“He’s made such a huge impact on the MND community and the MND Association.

“I think it added to filming that day, they’re heartbreaking scenes, they’re absolutely heartbreaking.”

The soap star confessed it wasn’t only filming the scenes that left him emotional, but reading them in rehearsal too.

He added: “Sometimes, I’d say you make a choice about how you’re going to play things and sometimes you don’t get a choice.

“Sometimes it just gets you and you literally can’t choose anything else, because that’s how it’s making you feel in that moment.

“So they were very emotional, I mean Pete and I get on like a house on fire anyway, we enjoy working with each other very much.”

Coronation Street continues Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV from 8pm.

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