Will Mellor has admitted he was ‘terrified’ of his late father Bill’s temper as he reflected on their troubled relationship.
The 44-year-old Coronation Street star candidly discussed his upbringing with his father, who passed away last year, and how despite his father’s love for his family, he struggled to show affection.
Will noted that despite Bill’s firm hand keeping him on the right path, he wouldn’t do the same to his own children, saying, “The way he punished me as a child, I wouldn’t do that to my son.”
Looking back: Will Mellor admitted he was ‘terrified’ of late father Bill’s temper as he reflected on their troubled relationship
The actor spoke on the Sixteen summers podcast, which asked the question, “If you had to choose between childhood and the childhood you give to your kids, which one would you choose?”
Reflecting on his relationship with Bill, he said, “The way he punished me as a kid, I wouldn’t do that to my son. But different times call for different measures, he struggled. ‘
He added: ‘His father was awful. So the way I see it, he was an improvement. I knew his shortcomings were not his fault. And he loved us. He often didn’t know how to show it; he never really hugged us like that.
“If he gave me something for something, he’d come and say sorry at the end of the night and then I could sleep.”
Relationship: The Coronation Street star, 44, candidly discussed his upbringing with his father, who died last year, sharing how he loved his family despite his father struggling to show affection
The former Hollyoaks star went on to say that Bill was in prison when he was ‘very young’ and despite growing up on a rugged estate, Will and his four older sisters felt ‘not poor’.
Will, who now has two children of his own, recalled how his “fear” of his father “saved” him from a life of crime, because he was “happy” that his father “did what he had done.”
He explained, “It’s like a kid that he wanted me to have that fear, so that when I wasn’t with him, I wouldn’t go down the route of drugs and booze and all that nonsense.
And in our area, he was terrified that I was growing up in an area where it was rough. He thought the best thing he could do was teach me to fight. I was in the boxing ring when I was 7 years old. I boxed for a number of years until I started acting. ‘
Reflection: Will noted that despite Bill’s firm hand keeping him straight, he wouldn’t do the same to his own children, saying, “ The way he disciplined me as a kid, I wouldn’t do that to my son. ”
Reflection: ‘I knew his shortcomings were not his fault. And he loved us. He didn’t really know how to show it often ‘(pictured in 2017)
Discussing his upbringing and how it shaped his future, he added: “I’m glad he did what he did.
‘I would never do that to my children, it’s a different era, but I believe I’m a good person. He didn’t make me a bad person. Being a little scared to be told or to crack your daddy wasn’t a bad thing in those days. ‘
Earlier this month, the actor opened up about his father’s death during lockdown, revealing that not being able to see his father amid the restraints “ absolutely crippled me. ”
Father: Will, who now has two children of his own, recalled how his ‘fear’ of his father ‘saved’ him from a life of crime, as he was ‘happy’ that his father had ‘done what he had done’ (pictured with wife Michelle and their kids Jayden, 17, and Renee, 13)
Growing up: ‘He didn’t make me a bad person. Being a little scared to be told or that your dad would have a bad day wasn’t a bad thing at the time ‘(pictured in 1995)
Will was devastated when his dad Bill passed away last April, and the star couldn’t even hug his dad due to Covid-19’s restrictions.
And in a new interview, Will has shared how his new role on Coronation Street has been a ‘godsend’ after stating that last year was ‘terrible for himself and his family’.
Speaking of his terrible loss while living under lockdown restrictions, he shared Radio times: ‘He was my hero and we went everywhere together. So the fact that I couldn’t see him when he was sick absolutely crippled me.
‘I can’t go back and change that. And I will never be able to have those last moments with him. So yes, last year was absolutely horrible for me and my family. But I keep trying to put one foot in front of the other. ‘
So Sad: Will previously opened up about his father’s death during the lockdown, revealing that not being able to see his father amid the restraints “ absolutely crippled me ”
Will went on to say that recently landing the role of the menacing drug lord Harvey on Coronation Street was a “ godsend, ” adding that he needed “ a bit of a boost. ”
It occurred to him that his father Bill would have been ‘proud’ to see him on the show as he discussed how he would keep his father’s memory alive while filming on the Manchester soap.
He said, ‘I now wear his ring on my little finger so I can look at it while filming and feel it on the street with me. He has supported me all my life, so whatever I do, I’ll take him by wearing his ring. He lives in me, so it feels like we’re doing this together. ‘
New role: Will also indicated that his father Bill would have been ‘proud’ to see him on the show, as he went on to talk about how he would keep his father’s memory alive while filming on the Manchester -soap