Actor Marc Baylis said he is relieved his Coronation Street character Rob Donovan has finally been revealed as Tina McIntyre’s killer.

Viewers saw the barmaid fall from the balcony of the builder’s yard flat during tonight’s episode which ended with her lying motionless on the street’s famous cobbles.

Although the character has not yet been certified dead in the soap opera, her imminent demise was prompted by actress Michelle Keegan’s decision to quit the show. Viewers have known for some time that scriptwriters planned to kill her off and were lining up possible suspects.

The wait was finally over when Tina was given a fatal shove by Rob after she threatened to report his dodgy dealings to police and reveal to his sister Carla Barlow that she had been having an affair with Carla’s husband, Peter.

Speaking to reporters before the episode was broadcast, Baylis said: “It’s been this massive secret so it’s nice to be able to talk about it for once.”

He said the dramatic storyline was ‘an amazing experience’, adding: “It’s a huge challenge and one I’m really enjoying so long may it continue as long as I don’t burn myself out.

“It’s a long storyline.”

ITV has promised a ‘shocking twist’ tomorrow, just as the police begin their efforts to track down who is responsible.

In the coming months, the audience will see Rob desperately trying to cover his trail and evade justice.

Baylis told reporters that Michelle – who won the Sexiest Female title for the sixth year running at the British Soap Awards on Saturday – was ‘a fantastic actress’ and he wished her ‘all the luck in the world’.


Press Association