Coronation Street actor Ben Price has told viewers not to waste any sympathy on his scheming character Nick Tilsley.

The roguish businessman is all set to steal Leanne Barlow away from her husband Peter – although Ben thinks fans of the soap will form a love-hate relationship with his character.

“I would hope that they never side with Nick, I don’t want them cheering for the guy at all!” he told Inside Soap.

“I think the audience enjoys seeing what Nick’s going to do next. Viewers love to be in on a secret, so they like the fact that Leanne had an affair with Nick before the accident, and Peter doesn’t know about it.”

Ben added that there could be many other women in Weatherfield who could end up catching Nick’s eye if he doesn’t win Leanne’s affections.

“It would take a really strong, clever and sexy woman to get Nick,” he said.

“I don’t think there’s anyone on the Street like that who could take his breath away – but I think it would be fantastic if someone new came in and gave him a real run for his money.”

“And of course, there’s always the possibility Nick will never find the right woman for him.”