Coronation street star calls Rob Burrows an inspiration following his set visit
Coronation Street resident Paul Foreman (played by Peter Ash) has been struggling with the recovery of his hand and recently received the news that he could have limb onset motor neurone disease. It has been confirmed that Paul will soon get an official diagnosis of MND and eventually leave the ITV soap. Peter recently opened up about the powerful storyline and how he felt when first told Paul would be leaving the show.
During Wednesday night’s episode, Paul returned from his referral appointment and played off the news he had received.
He accompanied Summer Spellman (Harriet Bibby) and Bernie Winter (Jane Hazlegrove) to the Speed Daal for a catch-up lunch but instead sat distant and worrying.
Later when he returned home to boyfriend Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank), he was sat in the living room looking downcast.
Billy asked what was wrong, but Paul played it off and quipped that he would be returning to bed soon.
Peter Ash recently opened up about the storyline to Express.co.uk and other press about first being told of the storyline.
He explained: “I think I was called into the producer’s office late last year, and he [Iain McLeod] said ‘We have got this very big storyline for you’.
“It should be a great thing to do but unfortunately it does mean an eventual exit’, so I had mixed feelings obviously.
“I will be sad to leave the show. It has been such an amazing job, and I have met fantastic people, so yeah I will be sad to leave.
“But also at the same time quite happy to be involved in such a powerful storyline that hopefully will bring awareness to it, so it’s a double edge sword.
“It’s going to be quite a progression of Paul’s illness.”
Peter Ash and Daniel Brocklebank recently joined BBC Breakfast hosts Jon Kay and Nina Warhurst to discuss the storyline.
Jon stated: “It must have been really poignant to have Rob and Lindsay Burrow’s there, on-set in your home of Coronation Street when they are able to talk about the reality of their lives.”
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Peter agreed: “It was amazing! They came on Friday and it was amazing to meet them and we got to show them around a bit, where we work.
“But yeah, just what an amazing family they are, an inspirational couple and it really was something.”
Former Leeds Rhino rugby player Rob Burrow was diagnosed with the incurable disease in 2019 and has been raising awareness since.
The disease means that he can no longer talk without the assistance of a machine and he cannot walk on his own either.
Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8pm on ITV.
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