Alison King: ‘I’ve had tears in my eyes for weeks’

Coronation Street‘s Alison King has revealed her character’s current on-screen trauma has left her ‘drained’ and ‘exhausted’.

The 38-year-old actress plays alcoholic Carla Connor, who is set to run over Rovers landlady Stella Price while drink driving and is then raped by her manipulative fiance Frank.

Alison told the TV Times: “Things look very bleak for Carla in the aftermath and it’s been one of the most mentally challenging storylines I’ve ever done.

“I’m absolutely drained. I’ve had tears in my eyes for weeks and feel physically and mentally exhausted.”

But Alison revealed she likes taking time out from the difficult storyline to be with her 18-month-old daughter Daisy.

She also said working with Andrew Lancel, who plays Frank, makes the scenes more bearable.

Alison said: “He’s a big softie in real life. I want to get that across because he has a big, horrible, heavy storyline and the last thing he needs is people thinking he’s like his character.

“Andrew’s an amazing bloke. Like me he has a young child, his son Isaac is around the same age as Daisy, so he understands what it’s like for me as a working mum.

“He’s very supportive and working with him is a really lovely experience.”