Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine says the only option to split up Roy and Hayley was for one of them to die.

Last night Julie Hesmondhalgh won the NTA for serial drama performance after her character Hayley died this week and Jennie said she was priviled to be part of the storyline.

Jennie told What’s on TV on the red carpet: “We had to say bye to Hayley in a real and moving way. Their relationship, Roy and Hayley’s, was so special they were never going to split up. They were destined to be together and they luckily found each other, so they had to split up in that way, one of them had to die for, I think, it to be real.”

Watch the interview with Jennie McAlpine: