Corrie’s Richard Hawley looks demure as he arrives for a day of filming in a flat cap and black jacket

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Richard Hawley of Coronation Street arrives for a day of filming in a flat cap and black jacket … after charity slams his character’s ‘unrealistic’ storyline of multiple sclerosis

Richard Hawley was an unremarkable figure when he arrived at Manchester’s MediaCity on Wednesday.

The actor, 66, wrapped herself in a black jacket along with jeans, sneakers and a stylish flat cap and kept the cold at bay as she prepared for a day of filming on the set of Coronation Street.

Listening to music through white headphones, Richard – who is best known for playing Corrie’s Johnny Connor – showed photographers a smile, despite his character coming under fire last week.

Casual: Richard Hawley, 66, was an unremarkable figure when he arrived at Manchester's MediaCity on Wednesday

Casual: Richard Hawley, 66, was an unremarkable figure when he arrived at Manchester’s MediaCity on Wednesday

One of Johnny’s recent storylines came under scrutiny after writers linked the character’s Charles Bonnet syndrome and multiple sclerosis diagnoses.

Last week, showrunners associated Johnny’s CBS with his MS, despite the latter rarely leading to the former.

Ed Holloway, of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, said of the storyline, “ We have been providing extensive information about MS to program researchers since Johnny Connor first developed MS in 2017.

When we asked our advice about Charles Bonnet syndrome, we said it was highly unlikely anyone would develop the condition.

“We wrote to the show to voice our concerns.”

Cold: The actor donned in a black jacket along with jeans, trainers and a stylish flat cap and kept the cold at bay as she prepared for a day of filming on the Coronation Street set

Cold: The actor donned in a black jacket along with jeans, trainers and a stylish flat cap and kept the cold at bay as she prepared for a day of filming on the Coronation Street set

Cold: The actor donned in a black jacket along with jeans, trainers and a stylish flat cap and kept the cold at bay as she prepared for a day of filming on the Coronation Street set

Cheerful: Richard listened to music through white headphones and smiled photographers, best known for playing Corrie's Johnny Connor.

Cheerful: Richard listened to music through white headphones and smiled photographers, best known for playing Corrie's Johnny Connor.

Cheerful: Richard listened to music through white headphones and smiled photographers, best known for playing Corrie’s Johnny Connor.

In February, Richard himself opened up about Johnny’s CBS diagnosis after his character suffered hallucinations.

“Once you are diagnosed with Charles Bonnet syndrome, it can get a little bit better simply because you know what it is,” said the actor. Digital spy

“What happens is that your brain makes up images because it doesn’t get enough information because of impaired vision.”

He added: ‘There is no added sense of anything else. It is just a hallucination, it can be an unpleasant one, or it can be a pleasant one, or both. ‘

Candid: In February, Richard (pictured on the 2018 Corrie set) himself opened up about Johnny's CBS diagnosis after his character experienced hallucinations

Candid: In February, Richard (pictured on the 2018 Corrie set) himself opened up about Johnny's CBS diagnosis after his character experienced hallucinations

Candid: In February, Richard (pictured on the 2018 Corrie set) himself opened up about Johnny’s CBS diagnosis after his character experienced hallucinations

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