Coronation Street: Andrew Lancel always knew Frank Foster would be murdered

by Lynn Connolly

Corrie star Andrew Lancel, who of course plays Frank Foster, has revealed that he only agreed to play the role in the knowledge that his character was going to be killed off.

According to Digital Spy, Andrew, who’s also starred in The Bill, told Daybreak viewers, “It’s sad to leave the job, but it’s not sad to leave Frank.

“He should get his comeuppance — and I’ve always known what’s going to happen.”

And of course, that “comeuppance” is that he’s to be murdered by one of six suspects, as we reported yesterday.

Andrew also appeared on Lorraine Kelly’s show, where he revealed that on his last day of filming, his co-star – and the Street’s longest serving actor – Bill Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, had some emotional words for him.

He said, “I finished last Friday, and there was so much love in that place. I’m going to miss Ali [King] and Gwen [Taylor] so much – we worked so intimately together…

“[On the last day], I was alright, I was very calm and got lots of lovely presents.

“Bill Roache took me aside and said some lovely things.

“He’s been in that show for 50 years, and you don’t get away with 50 years. He’s there because he’s brilliant, and he sees the good in everyone.

“He’s an inspiration as a man and as an actor. I was alright until he said nice things!”

However, he added, “It doesn’t feel like leaving, because I was never staying. It was always book-ended and finite.

“I’m very sad to leave those cobbles and very sad to leave those people, because it has been a joy – every single day.”

And of the rape trial finale, and the outcome of Frank’s whodunit murder, Andrew explained, “We genuinely did film two different outcomes [for the trial], and now there’s different outcomes for what happens next – with what happens to Frank.

“People are guessing already about what’s going to happen to him.”

Indeed we are, but yet again, with Andrew’s comment about Frank getting his comeuppance, I’m wondering the show’s writers are promoting a rather extreme form of vigilantism?

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.