Saturday, 22 December 2012

Chris Gascoyne is back in top form

(This post was originally posted by me on the Coronation Street Blog in December 2012.)

A leaner, possibly meaner Peter Barlow is back on the cobbles this week. It will be good to see him back. The actor who plays Peter, Chris Gascoyne, is doing the rounds of the press with interviews on Peter's return and there's a good one in the Mirror today. 

Chris tells us that Peter's problems and negativity were getting more and more difficult to shed. He was finding it more and more difficult to leave the character on the set and really needed the time away to clear his head.

With the help of a week long Buddhist retreat in Scotland, it seems to have done the trick. He is also leaner (two stone lighter) and fitter and  raring to go.

He also talks about meeting his wife and coping with the loss of his brother and father. He's looking forward to Peter being back and is quite content to continue to play Peter for as long as ITV will have him. 

“I’d like Peter to stay ­forever,” he says. “It’s where he belongs and if he did turn into his father Ken, it would be no bad thing. Peter is still evolving so it keeps my job interesting."

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