Coronation Street‘s Mikey North has revealed Gary Windass is in for a nightmare Christmas.

The ex-soldier gets dumped by Alya Nazir (Sair Khan) and is not really welcome at his family home on Christmas Day because of all the trouble he’s caused splitting up with Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston).

Mikey revealed: “I think the reminder of what he’s lost doesn’t help either. Gary now feels like there’s absolutely nothing he can do to make things right or prove himself to his family. He just wants to escape.”

When his little sister Faye (Ellie Leach) gives him money to buy a present for his son Jake, Gary ends up buying the same gift his mum has already got Jake. So he returns it and spends the money on drink to drown his sorrows.

Mikey revealed: “Gary’s only invited back home on Christmas Day because Faye persuades Owen and Anna to ask him, so I think there’s still a lot of unresolved tension and Gary feels like he’s only been invited back into the home because it’s Christmas Day. There’s still a lot of anger and resentment bubbling under the surface and Owen just won’t let it drop that Gary spent Faye’s money on booze.

“Gary’s sick of everyone having a go at him and he is feeling sorry for himself so he storms out and thinks everyone would clearly be better off spending Christmas without him. He isn’t thinking about where he’ll go, it’s a rash, angry decision he’s making and he’s also had a lot to drink as well.”

And things get even worse when Gary, thinking Roy Cropper is out, decides to break into the cafe to steal the cash from the till.

Mikey revealed: “When he lets himself in, he has no clue that Roy is there as well. Roy obviously assumes it’s one of the teens that have been pestering him for a while and because he’s frightened, he has to protect himself. He doesn’t realise it’s Gary.

“Gary has to be taken to hospital. He has injuries and a lot of bruises, but he will make a recovery.”

But being beaten up by softie Roy (David Neilson) could be a turning point for Gary.

Mikey revealed: “He wants to protect Roy and he thinks this is all his own doing. He resorted to desperate measures and was prepared to do it to a family friend. He feels the lowest of the low.”