Actor Antony Cotton has backed Coronation Street following the revelation that bosses have issued an all-staff memo after a complaint that anti-gay remarks had been made on the set.
Commenting on Twitter, Cotton – who plays factory machinist and barman Sean Tully – wrote: “When I won the National Television Award for playing my character Sean in Coronation Street, I thanked the show and ITV for putting a gay character at the centre of the show. I felt nothing but love and support from the cast and crew in equal measure. Almost ten years later, I feel no different. If you want to feel equal and included then Weatherfield is the place to be.”
Cotton’s remarks come after a memo signed by senior producers Kieron Roberts, Stuart Blackburn and Robbie Sandison was issued warning actors and crew that anti-gay slurs were unacceptable.
The memorandum, dated 4 February 2013, reads: “We have just been made aware of several recent instances of homophobic remarks being made on the studio floor. We are sure that the vast majority of people working on Coronation Street find such behaviour unacceptable but we’d like to make it absolutely clear that this is completely unacceptable to us, and to the company as a whole. ITV has a bullying and harassment policy which clearly states that such behaviour may lead to disciplinary proceedings.”
A spokesperson for Coronation Street added: “ITV takes the feelings of all employees extremely seriously. It was felt that this message should be put up as a reminder to everybody.”