Coronation Street: Alan Halsall – Natalie Gumede ripped a door off its hinges during fight scene

But the actor who plays Tyrone Dobbs also reveals that his co-star has been “a joy to work with”

Corrie fans may be fretting for the safety of poor Tyrone Dobbs as he suffers domestic abuse at the hands of partner Kirsty Soames (Natalie Gumede), but it seems that actor Alan Halsall also has cause for concern: 


“When we did the scene where Kirsty had to slam the door on Tyrone’s hand, we had a special wooden block built so it wouldn’t make contact. But when I looked up after they’d shouted cut, Natalie was stood there with the door in her hand. She’d literally ripped it off its hinges!” says the actor. “I just said, ‘Oh my! Get me out of here quickly!’ She does have to get herself into such a frenzy.” 

However, it does seem that such incidents are few and far between: “We have a stunt organiser on set all the time, so we’re very safe and well looked after. And Natalie is such a joy to work with. It takes some doing to come into Coronation Street, a long-standing show of over 50 years, and make such an immediate impact. She can switch it on in an instant and she’ll be shaking and there’ll be tears. She’s so brilliant. We’re really close now and I know I’ve made a friend for life. I’ve spent more hours this last year with Natalie than I have with my own wife! Nat and I have had a year of tears, as we like to call it.” 

Halsall also admitted that his real-life Lucy-Jo Hudson (who played Katy Harris in Corrie and Rosie Trevanion in Wild at Heart) has been left in a state of high emotion after watching the current storyline play out on screen:


“I’ll have a long day at work where we’ll be doing all these scenes of domestic violence and when I get home, Lucy will be sat there crying watching Tyrone on Coronation Street. And I’ll say, ‘Luce! Come on!’ She should know better than anyone that it’s not real having been a part of the show for so long. But I’m her husband so she doesn’t want to see my character in those situations. However, she is really proud of the story. She did joke to me, though, ‘you get away with murder with those eyes!’”