Sunday 19 August 2018

Corrie’s Daniel Brocklebank: Drug storyline had to be told

The soap sparked complaints with a scene in which vicar Billy Mayhew took heroin in a church.

Coronation Street star Daniel Brocklebank (Anthony Devlin/PA)
Coronation Street star Daniel Brocklebank (Anthony Devlin/PA)

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Coronation Street star Daniel Brocklebank has admitted viewers were shocked by his character’s drug use.

The ITV soap sparked complaints with a scene in which vicar Billy Mayhew took heroin in a church.

Brocklebank told Lorraine: “I think people have been shocked because Billy started off as such a sweet, amiable character… but I think it’s an important story to tell.

“Corrie’s always been at the forefront of tackling very sensitive issues.”

He said of his alter ego: “I’m hoping that he might become a better vicar because of his experiences.”

The actor said that the scenes had taken their toll.

“I’ve just come back from holiday and it was needed – I was pretty exhausted,” he told the ITV show.

Broadcast watchdog Ofcom received 82 complaints over the scene involving drug use.

An ITV spokeswoman previously said: “Coronation Street has a strong tradition of tackling serious contemporary issues in a responsible way.

“In upcoming episodes we will be showing the very negative side of drug-taking as Billy’s life starts to fall apart.”

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