ITV Coronation Street star lets slip ‘sad’ Paul Foreman storyline amid health news

Coronation Street's Peter Ash, who plays Paul Foreman on the ITV soap, revealed some heartbreaking news about his character's Christmas storyline on Good Morning Britain today, Wednesday 25th October.

He told hosts Kate Garraway and Richard Madeley: "We're filming Christmas at the moment, yeah, we're usually two months ahead so we're all fed up with it [Christmas] already!"

He continued: "It's quite a sad Christmas really, for Paul, he finds out that he's got six to 12 months left, so it's looking likely this could be his last Christmas.

"So for him, it's just making the most of every little moment and spending it with the family and kids."

Peter was joined on GMB today by Sam Hayden-Harler, who has helped the ITV soap create the storyline after being diagnosed with MND aged 35.

Coronation Street fans will recall that Paul was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) earlier this year.

Peter told The Mirror and other press earlier this year: "I was called into the producer's office late last year, and he said we've got this very big storyline for you, which will be a great thing to do, but it will mean an eventual exit. I had mixed feelings obviously."

"I'll be sad to leave the show. It's an amazing job, I've met fantastic people. I'll be sad to leave but at the same time, I'm quite happy to be involved in such a powerful storyline which will hopefully bring awareness to it. It's a double edged sword."

Producer Iain Macleod added: "Motor Neurone Disease is something that many people might have heard of but perhaps don't know a lot about, even given the recent cases of public figures talking about their experiences of living with the condition."

"A show like Coronation Street is uniquely placed to show the day-to-day reality of dealing with an illness that gradually and progressively erodes the physical attributes that you perhaps take for granted, changing forever the way you interact with the world around you."

"At first, Paul who as a builder, relies entirely on his physicality for his livelihood – will massively go off the rails in a misplaced bid to ensure he isn't a burden on his loved ones. But in the end, they will be the ones to put him back together emotionally."

He shared: "We are committed to portraying in a long-term, sensitive way the effects of this condition on Paul and his family and friends, not shying away from the sometimes painful reality of what his life will be like."

"We have been privileged to work with the Motor Neurone Disease Association – including talking to people who have the condition and their families – to ensure we do justice to people's real-life experiences."

Coronation Street is on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and ITV X.

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