Coronation Street star pays tribute to Paul’s ‘painfully accurate’ MND portrayal

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Coronation Street’s Daniel Brocklebank, who plays Billy Mayhew, has paid tribute to his co-star’s accurate portrayal of motor neurone disease (MND).

Fans of the ITV soap watched Paul Foreman (Peter Ash) get diagnosed with the condition earlier this year.

Although his symptoms started off small, viewers have seen Paul’s health decrease rapidly as he’s started to record his own voice for when he’s no longer able to speak.

However, the actor may already be filming those difficult scenes as the cast shoots storylines weeks in advance.

Touching on the big time gap, soap star Daniel mentioned the difference he’s seeing in Peter Ash’s performance.

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Speaking to and other media publications, Daniel said: “When I’m watching it at home when it’s going out, the difference from what I’ve been filming that day and what’s on screen, there’s a huge difference.

“That’s down to the brilliant writing but also to Pete’s bloody marvellous performance.

“His portrayal of somebody with MND is beautifully painfully accurate and he’s doing a wonderful job.

“It’s an absolute privilege sharing this journey with him.”

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Since his diagnosis at the start of the year, viewers have seen Paul’s symptoms worsen over the months.

Initially, it started with issues with his wrist, before his mobility in his legs started to go.

Now, he mainly uses a wheelchair on the cobbles after suffering from a few scary falls.

Speaking about filming the progress of his condition, actor Peter confessed sometimes it’s a challenge.

He said: “It’s just another layer to think about with acting, to be aware of those parts of your body that aren’t going to be working.

“It’s just something that all of us, from the beginning, have said we want to get this as right as possible.

“There are real people living with this, we don’t want to misrepresent it, we want to show it with honesty and truthfulness.”

Coronation Street continues on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV from 8pm.

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