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Wednesday 23 November 2016

Why new Daniel has old Coronation Street charm

Anyone else loving the new Daniel Osbourne on Coronation Street?

Actor Rob Mallard is, I feel, playing this character to perfection. The actor has a quiet confidence about him, which brings to life perfectly the role of Daniel as Ken's son.  Quiet, studious, a bit geeky, it's a new one for Corrie. And he's got secrets too. What's that all about? Well, we'll find out soon enough.

I'm also enjoying Daniel's interaction with the other members of the Barlow clan as they try to figure him out. Daniel perhaps knows he's in many respects better (a nicer person?) than Adam, Peter and Tracy, but he's leaving them to find out that truth in their own way.

And there's something else about Daniel.  Yes, the character has been styled to resemble a young Ken Barlow but in the way he speaks it harks back to an older, more true Weatherfield from a different time. 

And having seen comments on social media I know I'm not the only Corrie fan to have spotted that Daniel bears a resemblance in both looks and speech to the actor David Dawson, who portrayed Tony Warren in The Road to Coronation Street.

So far, so good with Daniel. It's a thumbs-up from this Corrie fan.  And as for those secrets of his? It's always the quiet ones you have to watch.

Read our blogger Emma's interview with Rob Mallard, who plays Daniel.

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Stevie said...

You read my mind, he is so like David Dawson from The Road to Coronation Street. I like him.

abbyk said...

So far, a thumbs up from me. It's nice to see a reflective, intellectually gifted young person instead of the parade of short sighted, reactive going-nowheres. It's still early days but if he pans out, it might be fun seeing him as a teacher, or getting that first novel published. Wouldn't that be Ken redux!

Tvor said...

He's a bit of a prig so far, correcting peoples' grammar and geography but he is very good. He's a different sort of character for Corrie I find but I think he'll fit in quite well

PoidaPete said...

I think he's great! I look forward to seeing where they take him.

Abercrombie said...

I love him already, such a breath of fresh air.

Cobblestone said...

I think he's great. And as last night showed, he has the young Ken's hot temper too. And can I just say to all those people moaning that Daniel would obviously be gay and Corrie was TOO predictable these days - NOT gay! Ha! ­čśë

maggie muggins said...

I like him too, and don't think there's anything wrong with correcting glaring geographical errors. As long as he doesn't do it all the time. He seems to have many facets to him, unlike Adam, who everyone is drooling over, which I find kind of shallow. Even if he is supposed to be Mike Baldwin's reincarnation. Businessmen show-offs are boring.

On a side note - I'm really liking this side of Peter that seems to have been brought out by his proximity to younger siblings and relatives. With no girlfriend at the mo to distract him, he seems to have taken on a role of supportive elder. Quite nice, especially when he plays it with humour.

Unknown said...

Fantastic, the actor is excellent and I love the way he reminds me of a young Ken. Hope he's a permanent fixture.


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