Corrie: Natalie Gumede hints she may leave the show & Alan Halsall reveals his friends thought he’d really been battered!

by Lynn Connolly

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Fans of Coronation Street will know that one of the most gripping storylines right now is that of Kirsty Soames and Tyrone Dobbs, who – as viewers saw on Monday – should’ve been married by now…

But of course, Kirsty ditched Tyrone at the altar after revealing to the assembled throng of wedding guests that he’s been having an affair with Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine).

And in upcoming episodes, Kirsty is going to tell police that Tyrone beats her, which is of course entirely untrue – she’s the one who’s been attacking him – but in light of the revelation of Tyrone’s affair and Kirsty’s accusation, many of the Street’s residents will turn against Ty and Fiz…

However, Natalie Gumede, who of course plays deranged Kirsty has hinted to The Sun that she may be about to leave the Street as her character “has a shelf life.”

She said, “I’m aware that Kirsty has a shelf life and I’m happy with that. People need to see a consequence and there will be a climax.

“Kirsty has plenty more to say before that climax arrives though and viewers will see a new, darker side to her. But her reign of terror can’t last forever.

“There was a point when I thought she could be redeemed if she went to counselling. But at this stage, it’s too late — there is no way back for her.

“Her redeeming features are disappearing as she grows more desperate. She is completely obsessed with Tyrone (Alan Halsall) and is clinging on to him…

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“She doesn’t care if he loves her or hates her as long as she has power over him — and it is much more calculating than when she was abusing him physically.

“She is a messed-up individual who is crossing into villain territory and it’s important for the story that at some stage she faces the consequences.

“I’ve been so lucky to be a part of such a fantastic storyline. The platform Corrie has given me has been wonderful — I’ve loved every second.”

Meanwhile, Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone, has also been speaking to TV Biz, and during the course of the interview, he revealed that some of his mates thought he was being battered for real!

Alan, who’s married to former Corrie co-star Lucy Jo Hudson – who of course also starred in Wild at Heart – explained, “On one occasion I walked into the pub and my mate was like, ‘Are you alright?’ I was like, ‘Yeah of course, why wouldn’t I be?’

“Later I nipped to the loo, looked in the mirror and was like, ‘Oh no!’ I hadn’t realised I’d left my make-up on.

“I came out and was like, ‘Mate, it’s make-up!’”

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And of playing the role of a man who’s the victim of domestic abuse, Alan said, “It was hard because I’ve no point of reference.

“I read case studies and met a chap who suffered from domestic violence and he answered my questions and that helped.”

He added, “I’ve had people say, ‘My brother has just been in this situation and got out,’ or one chap tweeted to say, ‘I’ve just got out of this kind of situation.’

“It’s harrowing and sad to hear but if people are talking about it, helping themselves, finding help through ManKind or other charities, then brilliant.”

Both Alan and Natalie have done a great job with this storyline haven’t they? And don’t forget, there’s still time to vote for Alan and Natalie in this year’s National Television Awards. Click here to go there!

Here’s a look at the stars talking about the plotline…

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. Lia on January 27, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Hope they keep Natalie. She is an amazing actor and it would be too bad if she isn’t on anymore. They could have her lose custody of Ruby and be shamed with everyone turning their backs on her for her behaviour – for a bit, but I’d definitely keep her on.

  2. Lia on January 27, 2013 at 5:57 am

    She’d have to get court ordered counseling and perhaps a specific community service job that would cause a lot of angst among the street. Hmm.

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