Coronation Street: Paul struggles to lift his wine glass

Coronation Street star Peter Ash 38, has spoken out about the emotional Motor Neurone Disease storyline involving his cobbles alter ago Paul Foreman.

In scenes which aired last week, the Corrie character revealed his diagnosis to his partner Billy Mayhew, played by Daniel Brocklebank, 43.

For weeks Paul kept his diagnosis a secret from loved ones – only telling his two best friends.

Billy only learnt of Paul’s condition when a judge spared him a suspended sentence after a crime spree – given his illness.

Following the heartbreaking reveal, the star took to Twitter and said: “Wonderfully directed by @duncanfo and beautifully written by Emily Gascoyne, we had a feeling these episodes would be special.”

He encouraged fans to donate to a Motor Neurone charity.

And added in a second tweet: “Also thank you so much for all the lovely responses to the storyline, it really is quite overwhelming.”

Fans were quick to comment, replying: “No thank you and the scriptwriters for taking on such a difficult subject and informing as wide an audience as possible about the cruel disease that is MND.”

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Whilst another added: “Couldn’t see for tears, well done to you all on a brilliant performance.”

Whilst speaking to the Radio Times and other media, Peter previously explained filming the overwhelming scenes: “We had been waiting quite a long [time] for that moment, because for the longest time only Dee Dee [Bailey, portrayed by Channique Sterling-Brown] is knowing about the MND.

“So it was quite a big moment, obviously for Paul to let his partner know exactly what he’s been going through.

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“It was quite emotional to film, really. I love working with Dan, and we have a great time; but when we do these heavy scenes as well, it’s always really nice, we have a nice kind of rhythm off each other.”

He continued: “It was quite emotional to film those scenes, I think especially because we had just met Rob Burrow that afternoon during the lunch break. But quite big scenes in terms of the storyline so far, they were.”

Coronation Street returns tonight at 7.30pm and will air at an earlier time for the remainder of the week.

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