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Friday 30 May 2014

Julie Hesmondhalgh on a new relationship for Roy

Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played Hayley Cropper on Coronation Street, says it would break her heart if she sees former on-screen husband Roy Cropper with someone new.

Julie says:  "I'm sure at some point Roy will have to try and see someone again and I'm sure he'll have Hayley's blessing and they'll have much discussion about that, so I'll be very happy to live on in conversations in the street."

On how she'd deal with seeing a new woman in Roy's life, Julie admitted: "As Julie, it will kill me, I'll find it very, very difficult, but I think Hayley would give him her blessing. I think she'd want him to live on, as long as it was someone nice."

David Neilson says this about Roy: "He'll get into a relationship... Whether that's a relationship in the accepted sense I don't know.  I just want to do interesting stories. I don't mind if he builds himself a kalashnikov out of Meccano and takes half the street out, I'll enjoy it."

Corrie producer Stuart Blackburn has already ruled out a new love interest for Roy.  He says: "We are now building a new friendship for Roy, but as long as I'm producer, he will not have a romance with anyone.  If that's the only story we can give Roy, we're a bit crap at our job."  However, he also says that Roy is "pushed into actions he never imagined".

You can relive Roy and Hayley Cropper's love story, all 16 years of it, from Hayley's first appearance on Coronation Street until her very last.  There's a fab little book, with a foreword by Julie Hesmondhalgh - it's A Perfect Duet.

A Perfect Duet - the Diary of Roy and Hayley Cropper
With a foreword by Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played Hayley Cropper for 16 years

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Stephen said...

I just don't want them taking Roy's eccentricities too far. He's one of the most interesting and endearing characters in Corra.

Peggy said...

I really like seeing the friendship between Anna and Roy development. He's been a wonderful supportive friend to her recently and I've enjoyed watching those quite moments in the cafe with Roy and Anna.

Hing Hong Kinb said...

I think Roy is a one woman man but I would like to see him develop some friendships, like perhaps Carla.

John McE said...

Oh, the irony! Stuart Blackburn says that if a love interest for Roy is all he can think of, it means he is "a bit crap" at his job. Then why, on why, is it the only storyline you can ever come up with for just about every other actor in the street?

Anonymous said...

John McE...that was my initial reaction, too.

Laura said...

I third that opinion!

Zagg said...

And I forth that! WTH? I have really been trying to give Stuart B the benefit of the doubt. But his sweeping statements of..."as long as I am producer..." are kind of BS. His insistence of making Maddie his Big Time legacy has fallen flat, and if he can't see that love interests in the most sleazy of manners are ALL that they have come up with, then the man is delusional. You said it Stuart...a bit crap at your job.
What a shame.

Anonymous said...

Stuart Blackburn,
please take your BS/SB and go...
you've had your turn
just go...
haven't you done enough damage to this show???

Anonymous said...

Well if Roy does not have an affair then he WILL make that kalashnikov and take half the street down. They either bed-hop or they kill on this show.

vintgal003 said...

Ummm....well I am looking very much forward to seeing our Roy's character developing on a solo route....a new friend...well that's great! He is a truly *excellent* actor and I HOPE Mr. Blackburn gives Roy continued & well-deserved story lines where he can take the ball and run with it.....

Just saying said...

Imagine the opportunity lost. He could have been a great help to single mom Carla....but of course she cannot have a baby...she needs to be attractive for the next husband she goes after. lol Because the only storylines SB can come up with for 99% of the cast is to have a love interest.
BTW Roy need not ever remarry....some people don't.

Dame Edna said...

Why, in the future, shouldn't Roy have the joy of a loving, companionable relationship? Surely Hayley's greatest gift to Roy was to show him that life offered so much more than bleak existence.

Friendships are fine, we all need them.....but Carla and Anna, Fiz and Tyrone.....without doubt, they love and care for him but they have families of their own. And Corrie families often have such drama swirling around them that friends are reduced to playing the Greek Chorus.

I'd hate to see Roy be labelled a permanent "spare"...and he's such a sensitive soul, he'd know it if that's what he became.


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