Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn has revealed that factory worker and barman Sean Tully (Antony Cotton) is to find romance in the coming months. Speaking about the upcoming plotline, Blackburn said: "It will kick off later in the year around Christmas time, and it is going to be a love story. It's a really serious love story, as Sean is absolutely going to fall for this person."
The announcement comes following Cotton's revelation that he has received abuse from gay men about his Corrie character. Speaking at Manchester Pride's fringe festival, the 39-year-old said: "I get a lot of stick from people who say, and these are people who are 21 years old, 'You've put the gay cause back 21 years'. Or they say 'you're a disgrace to this village'. You'd be surprised how many kids say that to me."
Defending character, who was been a stalwart on the ITV soap since 2003, Cotton added: "Sean has never had to explain who he was, he never had to come out, he was just accepted into the community of Weatherfield from the start. So for every one of those people who say to me that Sean's a stereotype, and that he doesn't have a political storyline, actually the fact he's never had to explain himself makes him the most political gay character in soap."
Unlucky in love Sean has recently been seen having an unrequited crush on Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley). And show boss Blackburn has revealed - in an interview with Digital Spy - that it won't be plain sailing for Sean when it comes to his latest quest for love: "The only problem is who he falls in love with and what that means for the relationship - can it ever prosper?"