Corrie: Chris Gascoyne is full of praise for his young co-star Alex Bain

Chris Gascoyne, who plays the Corrie role of bookie and pro-boozer – though he’s gone into retirement right now – Peter Barlow, has revealed that he’s in awe of his little co-star Alex Bain, who plays the role of Peter’s son, Simon.

We have of course seen a lot of Peter and Simon of late on the show, as the little lad has been at the centre of a vitriolic tug of war between his dad and step mum Leanne (Jane Danson), and as Chris told What’s On TV, those scenes have often been fraught with very real emotion.

He said of Alex’s performances, “He has done great, and it’s not been an easy storyline for him, or any of us, it’s a tough thing to portray.”

And we have of course seen poor little Simon in tears on-screen frequently, and of that, Chris remarked, “It’s hard for him to do that. He has coped with it really well and we try to make it a bit of fun…”

He concluded, “The story is hard because it happens to so many people and it affects you and it’s heartbreaking to even play it out.”

Precocious Alex has played the role of Simon since 2008, when he turned up in Weatherfield with his dad after his mum Lucy Richard (Katy Carmichael) died of cancer.

The role of newborn baby Simon was formerly played by twins Jake and Oscar Hartley in 2003, however, when Lucy announced she’d had enough of Weatherfield, she and Simon moved to Australia.

But as mentioned, when she died, Peter got custody of Simon, and came scuttling back to Weatherfield seeking help in raising his son from his dad Ken Barlow (Bill Roache).

Last year, Alex won an award in the Best Young Performance category at the British Soap Awards for his portrayal of Simon.

And given his recent performances, and those yet to come when Peter gives custody of Simon to Leanne, he may well be nominated again this year, and deservedly so; he’s a cracking little actor.

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.