Coronation Streetactor Chris Fountain has confessed that he would hate to see Tommy Duckworth and Tina McIntyre split up – and hopes instead they will defy soap convention and their romance will last.

Ladies man Tommy has settled down with Tina, played by Michelle Keegan – and their relationship has already been put to the test after his evil dad Terry got them in trouble with the police and put Tina in hospital.

But despite all the hiccups, he remains optimistic they will go the distance.

“I’d be really upset if Tommy and Tina broke up! Great relationships don’t work out very often in soap, but I’m really hoping Tommy and Tina can be the exception to the rule,” Chris told Inside Soap.

“The way things are going, though, there may well be a point where Tina’s had enough of the whole situation.”

The relationship will be tested further when Tommy loses his job however, and Chris said that the couple would find things challenging.

“Tommy and Tina have been through so much in such a short period of time, and I think it’s a bit sad really,” he admitted.

“They’re a young couple not having much fun, and they’ve never really had a smooth run of things. So I think all this will have an effect on their relationship – but just how big, I’m not entirely sure.”