Chris Fountain: I learn lines at the last minute

Coronation Street star Chris Fountain has confessed that he is a ‘crammer’ when it comes to the soap’s scripts – leaving it to the last minute to learn his lines.

Chris, who plays Tommy Duckworth in the show, told Inside Soap magazine that he does not like to spend too long learning his scripts in advance in case it affects his performance.

“Some people on Corrie like to have lots of time to run their lines, but that doesn’t really work for me. I’m more of a last-minute crammer!” he said.

“When the script first comes through to me, I’ll read it to find out what’s happened.

“Then the next time I pick it up will be just before my scene. If I go over my lines too many times, I think it affects my performance.”

The 24-year-old added that he was “really busy” at the moment, filming a storyline which sees his screen dad Terry – played by Nigel Pivaro – return to Weatherfield.

I’m really busy at the moment – I’m filming three weeks of stuff at once,” he revealed.

“I’ve got scenes with Michelle Keegan and Nigel Pivaro today. In one of them Tommy’s really happy, in another he’s quite upset and annoyed, and in the third he’s just sitting in the pub having a drink.

“We shoot out of order, so it’s quite hard to remember just where I’ve been in the previous scene.”