Monday, 25 February 2019

Video: David Neilson and Julie Hesmondhalgh chat about Roy and Hayley

There's an absolutely wonderful archive video of an interview with Julie Hesmondhalgh and David Nielson (Roy and Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street) on the RTE website.

David and Julie tell Gay Byrne about the challenges of introducing a transgender character to the soap. Initially fearing that it would be handled badly both actors were sceptical about how the story would unfold. However after meeting they wanted to do the story justice. 

David Nielson arrives late to the Late Late Show studio having been delayed on a flight to Dublin from Bristol.  He describes his initial terror when he heard the storyline. 

"I was imagining a big trucker in a wig. Nothing against big truckers in wigs. I’m all for them."

When he discovered that Julie Hesmondhalgh would be playing the part of Hayley and saw the great scripts, his initial fears were quelled. 

Watch it all here, it's a gem.

And if you're a fan of Roy and Hayley then you might like this little book which Julie Hesmondhalgh wrote the foreword to...  all proceeds go to Pancreatic Cancer charity.  Buy the book here.

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