Graeme Hawley talks about playing Coronation Street murderer John Stape

by Lynn Connolly

Graeme Hawley – who’s due to return to the Street in forthcoming episodes – has been telling TV Times magazine what it’s been like playing the role of murderer John Stape.

He began by saying, “I’ve been very lucky that we’ve been able to get so much mileage out of this character. You knew John was a wrong ‘un from week two, really.

“Ultimately, those kind of characters have to get their comeuppance, and I don’t mean it in a boastful way, but to keep going for four and a half years must be something of a record.”

As to what John’s ultimate fate is, Graeme was giving nothing away, saying only, “I won’t say whether he dies or not, but there’s more of a full stop.”

When asked what he personally thinks of John, Graeme said, “He’s got to be one of the nicest serial killers in the history of television…

“On the one side, you’ve got this villain – a murderer, adulterer, kidnapper – and on the other side, you’ve got this really nice, boring guy, who only wanted to teach and have a family. And look where it got him!”

On the subject of being one of the most recognizable faces in soap, Graeme said, “Stepping out of those gates at Granada studios when I finish, the world is a very different place for me than when I walked in, four and a half years ago.

“But it’s strange how you come to accept that recognition as part of life, and there are some wonderful things about it.

“I write a column for Coventry City’s programme, now. I’ve supported them since I was 10, and never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be doing that.”

We’ll get to see John’s dramatic return to Weatherfield next week.

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.