Corrie: Lucy Jo Hudson on the “close bond” between the late Bill Tarmey and her husband, Alan Halsall

by Lynn Connolly

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When Coronation Street legend Bill Tarmey – who of course played the Street’s loveable rogue Jack Duckworth – passed away in November last year, his loss was keenly felt by many of his co-stars…

But while speaking to the Daily Star, Wild At Heart actress Lucy Jo Hudson revealed that her husband, Corrie star Alan Halsall who plays troubled mechanic Tyrone Dobbs, has continued to be affected by Bill’s death, and that there isn’t a day that goes by when he doesn’t think of his friend.

Lucy – who of course met Alan on the set of the show when she starred as Katie Harris – said, “Losing Bill has affected us both but it has hit Al especially hard.

“In his early days at Corrie he was like a surrogate dad to Al and guided him…

“He taught him how to be professional and shared his words of wisdom. He will always be a legend and Al will never forget what he’s alan halsall, lucy jo hudsondone for him.”

Lucy added, “We’re still in touch with Bill’s wife Alma. She knows what a close bond they had so she gave Al Bill’s watch, which he never takes off.”

And of the news that Alan has been nominated for a National Television Award for his portrayal of Tyrone, who is of course the victim of domestic violence, Lucy said, “I know Bill would be so proud of Al’s NTA nomination.

“If he wins, he would be winning it for him. Bill was such an incredible man and we have so much love and respect for him.”

She added of Alan, “And I’m so proud of him but he thoroughly deserves it.

“I’ve been in awe of his performances. Some scenes have had me in tears.

“He never watches himself on telly so I do a series link and watch when he’s filming at the studio.

“I’d love to sit him down and just say, ‘Please watch this because this is how good you are’, but he just thinks of it as his job and takes it all with a pinch of salt.

“He’s had brilliant storylines but domestic violence, especially when it happens to a man, is a sensitive subject and Al’s not gone into it lightly.”

He really has done a brilliant job of the storyline hasn’t he? Here’s a reminder of one of his most harrowing scenes…

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.