Coronation Street’s Will Mellor hit in face by fan over storyline ‘What’s wrong with you!’

Coronation Street’s Will Mellor hit in face by fan over storyline ‘What’s wrong with you!’

Will Mellor hit across the face over Brookside pregnancy storyline

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Coronation Street’s newest villain Will Mellor joined Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond on Monday’s This Morning to discuss the upcoming super soap week on the ITV soap. Whilst discussing his career, he spoke about the rather dangerous altercations he has gotten himself in, with the public mistaking his storylines on-screen for real-life and venting their fury directly at the actor.

Speaking about Will’s villainous character Harvey Gaskell, Dermot said: “Do you know what I love about soaps? 

“When you start watching it, and the baddie comes in and to start with, they’re a real baddie.

“Then you sort of start to get to know them, and then you love them, and then they become part of the furniture.

“Then everyone in the soap sort of accepts them, and they then end up running the Rovers Return.”

Laughing at Dermot, Will explained: “Well that’s what I didn’t want.

“One thing my mum said is – I said, ‘Mum I’m playing a baddie’ and she said, ‘as long as you don’t kill Ken, I’m alright.’

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“But I wanted to cause a few waves and get out, but people do believe what you do in soaps,” Will went on, to which Dermot asked: “Go on, what have you been experiencing?”

Will detailed: “People shout at you in the streets, leave Leanna and Simon alone, but years ago when I did Brookside, I was in that when I was about 17.

“My character, he had a passion wagon with a mattress in the back, lovely character, and he got a girl pregnant, and she was 16, and he left back to Manchester, left her there in the lurch.

“Anyway, I’m walking through my estate to go meet my mates, and as we’re walking, this elderly lady is walking towards me, and she sort of confronts me.”

Will then demonstrated to Alison and Dermot how the lady slapped him and exclaimed: “She hit me right across the face!

“I went, ‘What are you doing?’ she went, ‘You’ve left that girl pregnant, you better get back there she is pregnant she is only 16’, I went, ‘It’s not real, what’s wrong with you?’ Honestly, my ear.”

Alison also asked: “What about a bag of crisps, someone chucked a bag of crisps at you, didn’t they?”

He laughed and recalled: “Yeah, I was with my dad at the time we went to Spain, I ordered two pints for me and my dad and a packet of crisps hit me in the face, the landlord just launched them at me.”

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Speaking about his Coronation Street character, Will said: “He’s a great character, obviously he’s a baddie but yeah, great to play.”

Alison joked: “Did you do any research because he is a drug lord, isn’t he? What do you know about drugs, babes?”

“Well, these programmes you know about gangs like 24 Hours in Police Custody, they do all these different programmes.

“I watched one about Manchester gangs in Salford and all that, and I saw what they were like, and I based it on them and how relentless they are.

“They do, some people get these young kids to work in their gangs, and once they’re in, they can’t get out and as long as they get their money.”

Alison also touched on the fact Will’s character gets out of prison, which he explained: “You’ll see it tonight, they really ramp it up, you’re going to be shocked, trust me.

“He finds a way that he’s got to get out, so he has to be taken to hospital in a van, and something happens in the van, and he gets out.

“I got arrested, I was gutted really because it was during Covid times, and you can’t put your physical presence into it, so I was glad when I came back,” he said.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10pm on ITV. 
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