Coronation Street star Alan Halsall has confessed he could never compare Tyrone Dobbs and Fiz Stape to Jack and Vera Duckworth.
Loveable couple Tyrone and Fiz (Jennie McAlpine) have finally found happiness together, and fans have begun comparing them to Vera and Jack, played by Liz Dawn and the late Bill Tarmey – favourites in the soap before they were forced to retire due to ill health.
But Alan said: “I try and distance myself away from that tag as much as I possibly can, because in my eyes those two were just sensational.
“For me growing up, Jack and Vera were Mr and Mrs Coronation Street. I looked up to them so much, and then of course I worked with them for such a long time and obviously had very close relationships with both of them. Bill’s no longer with us, but I still see Liz. If I could achieve just a tenth of what they’ve achieved, I’d be very, very proud.”
The 30-year-old actor has played Tyrone for almost half his life. But he revealed he got into acting by accident.
Alan explained: “It was an audition at school that I got dared to do. So I went along for a bit of a laugh and I ended up getting this job and I loved it,” he said. “At that age I didn’t really know I wanted it to be a career, I just knew I loved doing it. Then it just snowballed. I went from job to job to job, then at 16 when I left school, I started Corrie. I’ve been very lucky since.
“It’s massive to me. I’m a Salford lad born and bred, I’ve grown up watching Coronation Street. So to be in the show for 15 years is just mind-blowing. I am very proud and I know it makes my family very proud as well.”
Coronation Street continues on ITV on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.