Thursday, September 28, 2023

Coronation Street star Daniel Brocklebank shares ‘deep sadness’ to lose Peter Ash in Paul death story


The revelation that Paul Foreman is passing away after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease has led to the confirmation of Peter Ash’s departure from Coronation Street.

This means that Daniel Brocklebank, who plays Paul’s sidekick Billy Mayhew, will have one final scene with his co-star in a really touching scenario.

He recently told, “Even though we know it isn’t real, knowing that Pete’s time to show is now coming to an end, there is a deep sadness in that.”

“I mean, Jane Hazlegrove, who plays Bernie, absolutely cannot maintain a dry mouth!” She starts crying as soon as she sees Pete stumbling into the stage. Despite the fact that Peter is not dying, we are grieving his departure.

‘Obviously, Billy being Billy he does the research on what the potential consequence is, especially given he hasn’t been there through the initial diagnosis and journey with him,’ he remarked when asked about his character’s response to the news about Paul. He’s obviously devastated. It’s challenging, in my opinion, since he will have to juggle his duty as a pastor with the fact that this is a personal journey and not the same as being a parishioner.

He is acutely conscious of the fact that their time together is winding down. And as things stand, their time is running out since, of course, Paul will be able to accomplish less and less the longer it goes on. Because I believe we all forget that our time is already limited for everyone of us, I believe he is attempting to live each moment as we all should. We all lose sight of the fact that we should cherish every moment because we never know what lies ahead since we are all so caught up in the bs of life.

‘But I think for Billy it’s totally heartbreaking because he feels like he’s just gotten this man back and they’ve got things on track, and he felt that everything was going great, and then all of a sudden, bam,’ says the author. The future he bought and the foundations they were built on are entirely destroyed when this creature enters and actually knocks everything out of the park.

Daniel gave a sneak preview of Billy and Paul’s future, saying, “I think it’s going to be a really lovely blend.” Billy and Paul will, I believe, have some truly sweet moments as they cross off items from their bucket lists of experiences together and endeavour to be happy at all times. Along the journey, there will be differences. However, I believe there will also be some genuinely enjoyable moments. So, it won’t all be, you know, woe is us and doom and gloom.

He said, “Even in the darkest of times, there is a great deal of humour to be had.”

I’m confident we’ll locate it, too. Even when it wasn’t there, I believe we made an effort to discover it. It’s incredibly exhausting to cry for 12 hours a day, so try to at least maintain some form of positivity. It’s exhausting. You must then return home and review your lines for the following day, which will need another 12 hours of sobbing.

So, if there are any places in the speech, scenes, staging, or anything else where you may find a little emphasis. It’s a happy place to work because we all laugh so much there. I’m amazed that I get compensated for it.


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