‘It came at a good time’: Will Mellor describes how landing the Coronation Street role after the death of his father Bill ‘was a pretty positive’ as he says his father would have been ‘happy’ to have him in soap to see
Will Mellor has said landing a role on Coronation Street following the death of his beloved father from cancer in April 2020 “ came at a good time. ”
45-year-old Will, who noted that his father would have been ‘happy’ to see him on the iconic soap, added that he found the acting job ‘a pretty positive’ after such a devastating loss.
The Two Pints Of Lager actor plays drug lord Harvey Gaskell on the ITV favorite and despite not being cast as the character until February, he’s caused quite a stir in Weatherfield.
Candid: Will Mellor has said landing a role on Coronation Street after his beloved father’s death in April 2020 ‘came at a good time’
Will told The mirror: ‘I had a bad time losing my father. Doing Corrie has been a lift for the family and a boost for my mom – it’s been really hard for her. She’s on her own now, so it’s a good distraction for her. ‘
Will also revealed that he wears his late father’s ring on his little finger during his character.
‘I bought it for him years ago. I put it in the character and it works – we have him on my little finger in the character. ‘
Last year, Will shared an emotional video with fans revealing that his father had died after being taken to hospital in March, but later stated that his death was not the result of COVID-19.
Proud: Will noted that his dad would have been ‘happy’ to see him on the iconic soap, adding that he found the acting job ‘a pretty positive’ after such a devastating loss
He revealed he switched to alcohol after Bill’s death, Will told New! Magazine last year: ‘It was really tough. It has been the most difficult year. My dad died in April so I struggled with a lot of things.
‘I probably drank more than I ate. I got through lockdown with wine and beer, then realized that wasn’t a good idea, so I started getting fit. ‘
Will then lost his Uncle Barry for Christmas, followed by his Uncle George and Aunt Pat – who died within days of each other.
George and Pat sadly died of the same brain cancer that killed Will’s father.
Honestly: He revealed he switched to alcohol after Bill’s death, Will told New! Magazine last year: ‘I probably drank more than I ate’ (pictured with his mum and dad)
In March, Will admitted he was “terrified” of his late father Bill’s temper as he reflected on their troubled relationship.
The soap star candidly discussed his upbringing with his father 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.”
Speaking on the Sixteen Summers podcast, the actor 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.”
Will shares son Jayden, 17, and daughter Renee, 13, with wife Michelle.
Father: Will has two children of his own and shares son Jayden, 17, and daughter Renee, 13, with wife Michelle