Chris Harper kept Coronation Street viewers glued to their screens[ITV]
ITV fans have watched on in horror as Bethany Platt fell deeper into fiancé Nathan Curtis’ sickening sex-ring – while her family remained oblivious.
As a result, the character has become one of the most hated people in soap history.
Speaking exclusively to OK! Magazine, the 39 year old opened up about his reaction to the hard-hitting plot – and revealed his wife, Emily Bowker, helped him realise the effect it could have.
Lucy Fallon starred opposite Chris Harper during the harrowing sex abuse storyline[Wenn]
When asked if he was always keen to tackle the big storyline, he explained: “Yes. Emily spotted very early on what a big storyline it could be, and Corrie were very keen to do it right.
“I think they underestimated how welcomed it was going to be by charities and survivor committees. It’s been more successful than they could have ever hoped.
“As an actor you love a manipulative character, but it’s great to be part of something that’s highlighting what some people go through.
Chris Harper opened up about the reaction to his Coronation Street character[ITV]
“I did feel a big responsibility taking on a role like this, especially at the beginning. It’s been life-changing and the most important storyline I’ve ever done.”
The sex-ring storyline has had a huge impact on ITV viewers, with many left divided over the scenes being shown before the watershed.
Co-star Lucy was even forced to defend some moments on the show, during a recent appearance of Loose Women.
Lucy Fallon hits back at Coronation Street criticism over sex ring storyline[ITV]
But Nathan revealed the reaction from viewers had been great so far, continuing: “It’s been amazing. The response has been 100 per cent positive.
“Just the other day I was standing on a platform and one of the train guards shared his story of abuse with me. I’ve had lumps in my throat over the response.
Read the full interview in this week’s OK! Magazine[OK! Magazine]
“Some people are just so excited because they love Corrie, and then other people are on the verge of tears because they’re saying it’s happened to them or they’re worried about their niece or family member. I wasn’t ready for that.
“It’s been overwhelming. It’s incredible to have three or four people a day come up to you and saw how important what you’re doing is.”