David Neilson on why he wants to keep playing Coronation Street’s Roy Cropper

"My wife keeps me on Corrie. She'd change the locks if I left. She says, 'go, bring back money'," the actor joked to RadioTimes.com at the British Soap Awards


David Neilson has been talking about his future as Coronation Street’s cafe owner Roy Cropper. When asked by RadioTimes.com about his reasons for staying with the ITV soap, the actor joked:


“My mortgage! My wife keeps me on Corrie. She’d change the locks if I left. She says, ‘go, bring back money’. That’s what it is.”

Speaking on the red carpet at last night’s British Soap Awards, Neilson then responded with more seriousness: “No, they write well for me and they’ve been very good to me. They like me. For now!”

The ceremony saw Coronation Street dominate in several categories, with Neilson picking up Best Actor and Best On-Screen Partnership, the latter for his work with former co-star Julie Hesmondhalgh. On the topic of Hayley’s exit plotline, which saw the much-loved character die after taking her life in the face of a terminal diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, Neilson said:

“It was an extraordinary story because there were no goodies or baddies. Everyone was touched by it because everyone has had experience of cancer. If it hasn’t happened to you then you’ll know somebody who’s had cancer. The writing was amazing.”


But when quizzed about whether Roy should now be paired up with something new, the actor had mixed feelings. “It depends who it is. These are arranged marriages we’re talking about and I was very lucky with the last one.”