Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Video: Alan Halsall and Natalie Gumede on Corrie abuse story

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog July 2012, reposted to this blog with permission.)

On this morning's BBC One Breakfast television programme Alan Halsall and Natalie Gumede, who play Tyrone Dobbs and Kirsty Soames on Coronation Street, were interviewed about Corrie's male domestic abuse story.

Natalie explains Kirsty's abusive nature is because of her father's abuse to her when she was a child and from betrayal by fellas during her life. She now she feels that attack is the best form of defence. Natalie said it's the most extreme behaviour she's ever had to act in any role. Speaking about any maternal instinct that Kirsty might be feeling soon, Natalie says that's something they're exploring in Corrie right now as it's the last day of filming while wearing the baby bump!

Alan spoke about meeting a male victim of domestic abuse and says Corrie are working with the charity Mankind - who are receiving a large number of calls since the storyline was featured on the soap.

Alan says that Tyrone confesses in the next couple of weeks to Tina about Kirsty's abuse after Tina finds him in the garage covered in bruises. He says Tyrone wouldn't ever fight back, or leave Kirsty, becuase he's so timid and laid back, which in real life is an issue for male abuse victims.

Watch the video here on the BBC website.

And in other news, Corrie actress Natalie Gumede told us here at the Coronation Street Blog something about her scene where she smashed the framed photo of Jack and Tyrone.  See below for our little conversation on twitter - Natalie is on twitter @nataliegumede and Alan is on twitter @alanhalsall

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