After experiencing her own loss, Jane Hazlegrove of Coronation Street has spoken out about the personal influence she has on the motor neurone disease plot of the soap opera.
In Corrie, the actress portrays Bernie Winter, a woman whose kid has MND.
Following a collision in which Carla (Alison King) was involved, Paul (Peter Ash) started to exhibit troubling symptoms. A doctor concluded that he was displaying symptoms of the sickness after doing many tests on his hand.
At first, Paul kept his family in the dark about his MND and diverted his attention by taking on risky and illegal assignments for Damon (Ciaran Griffiths).
In the end, Paul broke down in tears and told Gemma and Bernie about his cancer during Gemma’s (Dolly-Rose Campbell) wedding.
Due to the fact that there is currently no treatment for MND, this also serves as Peter Ash’s last episode since Paul will pass away at the conclusion of this plot.
Everyone involved is going through an extremely emotional moment, but Jane Hazlegrove is particularly affected since she is aware of how difficult dealing with bereavement can be.
She expressed her disappointment to Inside Soap, saying, “I was very upset [when I learned about the storyline] as I adore Peter Ash [who plays Paul Foreman] so I was gutted as this meant he would be going.”
I just lost my father, so I am familiar with this type of sadness. It’s been quite emotional.
“My Corrie family is a close-knit group.” I’m extremely fortunate to work with everyone.
Daniel Brocklebank, who plays Jane, is also personally involved in this narrative.
He takes on the role of Billy Mayhew, who will assist in caring for his partner as his illness worsens.
Daniel recently told us how this tale has affected his family thus far: “It’s almost been 21 years since my grandfather passed away so we’ve sort of put a lot of that to bed in some respects, but I think it is it is dredging up.”
“I have to admit that we recently shot a scene,” you add. Paul’s physical impairment is also very evident. It strongly reminded me of a time when we told the entire family what was happening. In the scene, Paul gets up and leaves the room, and I vividly recall my grandfather doing the same thing.
And we simply sat there as a group, unable to really realise the challenges our family would face. I just started crying as Paul got up and left the room.
There are going to be instances where it’s triggering, and my mother warned me when I did the BBC Breakfast segment a few weeks ago that it would be difficult to watch. I mean, it worked in the moment for Billy, thank God. Not just seeing you and Peter go through what we’ve already gone through because it’s Corrie, but actually participating.
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