Anthony Cotton Wanted to watch Coronation Street live episode

by Lisa McGarry

Antony Cotton is “disappointed” not to have been able to watch the ‘Coronation Street’ live episode.

The actor – who plays eccentric barman Sean Tully in the ITV1 soap – admitted while he was thrilled to have been involved in such a “landmark” TV event, he would have liked to have seen the live special from the comfort of his own sofa.

He explained: “Well, I’m a fan of ‘Corrie’, so that makes me very excited to be a part of it all. My only disappointment about us doing a live episode is that I wasn’t sat at home watching it, because if I wasn’t in it, that’s what I’d be doing!

“But it’s so exciting to be a part of it – it was such a landmark event for ‘Corrie’. It was epic epic, it was huge and it doesn’t get any bigger.”

Antony also admitted he was pleased for his exuberant alter-ego to have been seen in a different light as he rallied round in the wake of the tram crash.

He added to Digital Spy: “I love that he does what you wouldn’t expect him to. In one episode leading up to this, we saw Sean say, ‘Oh, I’m great in a crisis!’ and everyone laughed because they thought he wouldn’t be great in a crisis.

“But actually, Sean is brilliant in the crisis – he’s taking a totally different turn than what you’d expect him to do. He’s pulling the team together as The Rovers has become a makeshift hospital.

“I loved the line where, in all the chaos, he said, ‘Get everybody brandies – and make them large ones!’ It’s such a ‘Coronation Street’ line. Our writers come up with beautiful, amazing words for us to say.”