Corrie star Chris Fountain would dedicate NTA win to his late gran

by Lynn Connolly

Chris Fountain, who of course plays Tommy Duckworth in Corrie, has revealed that if he wins the award for Best Newcomer at the forthcoming National Television Awards, he intends to dedicate it to his gran, Joyce, who died in December.

Chris, who’s also starred in Hollyoaks, Where the Heart Is and The Royal, told the Sun’s TV Biz, “It’s my first year on Corrie so it would be great to win.

“It would also be nice for my gran who died before Christmas. It would be a great tribute.

“She was proud I was nominated and was voting for me before she went. All the awards I won at Hollyoaks were on her mantelpiece.”

Chris has also competed in Dancing on Ice, and during the interview with the paper, he revealed that his co-star Alan Halsall – who plays Tyrone Dobbs – teases him about it constantly…

He said, “Alan takes the mick all the time. I give it him back but his main focal point is that I didn’t win Dancing on Ice.

“That gets brought up at least once a day on the set.

“He says, ‘We only want champions on this show and you came second, so as far as I’m concerned you were the loser’.

“If I win the Best Newcomer award I can hit him on the head with it!”

Battling it out with Chris for the award are Emmerdale’s Chelsea Halfpenny, who plays Amy Wyatt, and EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa, who plays the role of Lauren Branning.

However, Chris is hoping that his legion of female fans will vote for him.

He said, “I wouldn’t consider myself a heart-throb but I’m a young lad on Coronation Street — it’s flattering, it’s nice.”

Chris then joked, “My mum thinks I’m good looking, anyway.”

He was then asked for details about Tommy’s forthcoming new relationship with Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan), of which he said, “Tommy has cooled off the womanising and is focusing on Tina.

“But she’s putting up a big old fight. He’s having to chase, [but] they are getting together.

“I’m not sure if it will be true love or not. But considering how long it’s taken Tommy to get hold of her, he’ll probably stay faithful.

“Viewers want them to get together but have been kept waiting. The more Tommy and Tina play it out, the bigger the impact will be when it happens.”

I’m one of those viewers who want a Tommy-Tina partnership. Can you imagine how insanely pretty their babies would be?!

However, don’t forget, you can still register your vote with the NTAs by clicking here.


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.