Whilst Coronation Street viewers are finding the domestic scenes between Tyrone Dobbs and Kirsty Soames harrowing, Alan Halsall, who plays mechanic Tyrone, has admitted that filming them has been pretty intense and frightening too!
Fans of the award-winning ITV soap will know how Kirsty (Natalie Gumede) has been secretly abusing her fiancé, Tyrone for months. At first Tyrone, who is reported to embark on an affair with old flame, Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine) in an upcoming storyline, put his partner’s aggression down to being pregnant, and has put up with it in the hope that things would get better when the baby arrived.
Unfortunately he was wrong, and not only did the manipulation and violence continue, it got worse, and frightened Tyron began to fear for the safety of his new born daughter, Ruby.
Whilst his distressing situation was kept a tightly guarded secret at first, Tyrone has now had to confide in both Tina (Michelle Keegan) and Fiz, who desperately want to help him. But, as our readers will know, Fiz’s attempts to protect her friend end up getting her in trouble when Kirsty deliberately sets her up to injure herself.
Throughout this storyline Kirsty has become a figure of hate in Soapland, but as Alan Halsall explains, it isn’t that easy being so evil for his co-star, Natalie Gumede!
Speaking to TV Times, Halsall revealed how he tries to look after Gumede once the cameras stop rolling on a difficult scene, commenting: “When Natalie plays Kirsty in her abusive mode, she does a lot of hyperventilating and whips herself up into a right frenzy on set. When she’s in full force, it’s scary and I really feel it.
“I run off to get Natalie a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit to get her blood sugar back up, as she’s quite dizzy and shaky afterwards.”
However scared Tyrone may be of his former police woman fiancée, he is still unbelieving when Kirsty’s vindictiveness spirals towards Fiz next week!
Halsall said: “When Fiz tells Tyrone that Kirsty injured her, he doesn’t believe it. Until now, she’s only hurt Tyrone. If he found out she’d done something to a friend, it would be his worst nightmare. He’s blinded by his love for Kirsty and can’t believe she would hurt Fiz.”
On the abuse plot in general, he continued: “When I found out about the storyline, I was like, ‘Wow!’ I was humbled that the Corrie bosses came up with this with me in mind.
“We worked with charities and I met a man who’d been the victim of domestic abuse in real life. It was a very severe case and it made me realise I had to do the story justice. This subject is taboo, but the good thing is that people are talking about it now.”
Watch Kirsty in action in the clip below:
Coronation Street continues tomorrow (November 15) at 8pm on ITV1.