Coronation Street actor Alan Halsall has reflected on hitting a major soap milestone.
Halsall started playing hapless Tyrone Dobbs 25 years (!!!) ago, and has spoken out about how he has been enjoying having on-screen family members in recent years, with Maureen Lipman playing his grandmother Evelyn and Claire Sweeney as his biological mother Cassie .
"Honestly, it's brilliant," he said. "Tyrone started off with not a single family member. We saw him move in as a squatter in Curly's house and as a lodger with Jack and Vera, so now to have this kind of multi-generational family living at number 9 Coronation Street is incredible.
"Even now 25 years on, you pinch yourself and think 'wow, how's this happened?' Yeah, I love it."
"And I love this storyline, going through all these emotions of Tyrone finding out all these things and working with brilliant actors — not just Maureen and Claire, but also obviously Jennie [McAlpine], who I have spent most of my life with there and with the two girls who are just brilliant. So yeah, in all honesty, I say this all the time, I love it. I love every single day at work," he added.
Speaking about how Cassie's arrival has affected Ty, Halsall said: "This has just completely thrown him. And I don't think he knows where to turn or who to turn to right now."
Obviously, Evelyn tried to warn him, but the actor explained that Tyrone is "naive" in general and often lets his wanting to see the best in people end up hurting him, especially now.
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.
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