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Coronation Street's Daniel Brocklebank: Drug use vicar storyline had to be told

Wed 14 Mar 2018
By Press Association

Coronation Street star Daniel Brocklebank has admitted viewers were shocked by his vicar character's drug use.

The ITV soap sparked complaints with a scene in which vicar Billy Mayhew took heroin in a church.

Brocklebank told Lorraine: "I think people have been shocked because Billy started off as such a sweet, amiable character... but I think it's an important story to tell.

 

"Corrie's always been at the forefront of tackling very sensitive issues."

He said of his alter ego: "I'm hoping that he might become a better vicar because of his experiences."

The actor said that the scenes had taken their toll.

"I've just come back from holiday and it was needed - I was pretty exhausted," he told the ITV show.

Broadcast watchdog Ofcom received 82 complaints over the scene involving drug use.

An ITV spokeswoman previously said: "Coronation Street has a strong tradition of tackling serious contemporary issues in a responsible way.

"In upcoming episodes we will be showing the very negative side of drug-taking as Billy's life starts to fall apart."

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