(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog May 2012, reposted to this blog with permission.)
Alan Halsall, who plays Coronation Street's Tyrone Dobbs, gives a good long interview today with The Mirror about the Tyrone and Kirsty abuse storyline.
After Kirsty lamped him with a ladle a couple of weeks ago, poor Tyrone's going to be assualted again. Corrie have taken advice from male domestic violence charities - such as Mankind - who support men who are victims of domestic abuse.
Alan says he was shocked by the harrowing accounts he read: “I read case studies and they were quite unbelievable. They were real-life accounts and it’s amazing the kind of people it can happen to. One man I read about was a nightclub doorman. You don’t imagine someone like him suffering domestic violence at home, so it just shows that it can happen to anyone. It’s really shocking I think it’s a subject that happens more than people realise: men don’t want to talk about it – it’s kind of taboo. I hope I do this issue justice and raise awareness.”
Alan remains firm friends with Bill Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth. “We speak on the phone every week and I see him every other Thursday. Bill was like a father figure to me at work and that’s never gone. He misses Coronation Street so, so much. It was a huge part of his life and he dearly misses the people – he tells me all the time."
Read the full interview here.
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