Coronation Street’s Paul Foreman star on ‘challenging’ part of MND storyline

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Coronation Street actor Peter Ash has opened up about the challenging part of portraying Paul Foreman’s MND storyline in the ITV soap.

Earlier this year, viewers watched as Paul started to struggle with mobility in his hands, which resulted in him going to the doctors to get to the bottom of it.

After tests, it was revealed he’d been diagnosed with MND as he’s been developing more symptoms over time.

More recently, he’s been having trouble with his leg, as he’s taken to using a wheelchair after having a few nasty falls.

Speaking exclusively to and other media publications, Peter Ash detailed his experiences filming Paul’s MND journey as it progresses.

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The soap star said: “It’s a challenge, it’s just another layer to think about with acting, to be aware of those parts of your body that aren’t going to be working.

“It’s just something that all of us, from the beginning, have said we want to get this as right as possible.

“There are real people living with this, we don’t want to misrepresent it, we want to show it with honesty and truthfulness.”

Peter shared that the MND association have been working with Coronation Street and the organisation is on hand to answer any questions about Paul’s new symptoms as they arise.

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He added: “They’re constantly in touch with the storyboarders and dealing with every aspect of Paul’s story.

“Getting the physical stuff is very important and we want to get that right as possible.”

The soap star had nothing but praise when speaking about how viewers have reacted to watching Paul’s story as he said the show wants to raise awareness for people living with the condition.

He continued: “I think the reaction we’ve got is above and beyond anything I ever imagined, it’s been so lovely.

“Honestly, if we can, through this storyline, raise a bit of awareness and a bit of money for the cause then that’s a job well done as far as I’m concerned.”

MND is a rare condition that affects the brain and spinal cord which currently has no cure.

This means eventually, Paul Foreman will sadly die from his condition, leaving behind his new husband Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank).

Coronation Street continues Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV from 8PM

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