Coronation Street: Alan Halsall says Natalie Gumede’s character Kirsty Soames is “a real soap villain” but he hopes she won’t be killed off!

by Lynn Connolly

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If you watched last night’s National Television Awards, you’ll know that Corrie star Alan Halsall walked away with a well deserved gong, having beaten off stiff competition in the category for Best Serial Drama Performance for his portrayal of domestic violence victim, Tyrone Dobbs…

And during a behind-the-scenes chat with reporters at last night’s glittering awards ceremony in London, Alan spoke about the domestic violence storyline, and his hope that Tyrone’s mad and now ex-fiancé Kirsty won’t be killed off when the drama reaches its climax.

However, as we reported yesterday, Natalie Gumede, who of course plays deranged Kirsty, revealed that she may leave the show as her character has a finite “shelf life…”

But back to what Alan had to say, and Digital Spy report that he told the press that the fallout from Kirsty accusing Tyrone of being violent towards her – which is of course a self-serving lie – is set to run for some time yet.

He explained, “It becomes a huge twist in the storyline that Tyrone’s actually portrayed as the perpetrator and not the victim…

“Which is obviously a lot easier for people to believe because that’s how we hear of domestic violence.

“That takes a huge twist, and then of course we go into the court case…

“So yeah, it’s still not a happy time for Tyrone.”

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And when asked if Kirsty will “get her comeuppance” eventually, Alan replied, “Well, I mean, this is a soap opera, so who knows!

“I think what’s been lovely about the story is it’s not been sensationalised with deaths and murders and all that kind of thing, so maybe she might get her comeuppance.

“But I hope it’s not in that kind of way, because I think it’s been quite a sensitive story that’s run for maybe the best part of a year now.

“So I wouldn’t end that way, but you know, she is a soap villain at the moment.”

And finally, of the impact the plotline has had on viewers, Alan said, “The charity we got involved in for research, their calls have gone up 300% since the storyline [began].

“It’s nice that Coronation Street can do something like that and raise the awareness.”

Here’s a look at Alan speaking to Absolute Radio ahead of the awards ceremony last night…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.

1 Comment

  1. Tom on February 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Is this story about Kirsty and Tyrone not putting people in real domestic violence situations off the idea of asking for help? The idea Coronation Street is giving off is ask for help and you will not be believed it’s pathetic and I wish they would put an end to the whole nonsense storyline

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