Coronation Street’s Jack James Ryan teases devastating storyline for Jacob Hay

Coronation Street star Jack James Ryan has shared that that he'd like his character Jacob Hay to become involved in a devastating testicular cancer storyline in the future.

The soap actor, 24, who first hit the Cobbles last year as a bad boy drug dealer Jacob, is turning his character around in the hope of striking up a secret relationship with Amy Barlow (Elle Mulvaney) behind her parents' back.

However, Jack has now hinted that he'd like to explore a hard-hitting topic on-screen that he was forced to come to terms with in his real life – testicular cancer.

Now thankfully in remission after battling the disease in his teens, Jack said: "I like the idea of being able to tell stories that I have personal experience with.

"When I was 18, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer – I’m fine and in remission now. But when I found out, the doctor said that it was common for young men and I had never heard that before."

Jack, who stars alongside sister Rebecca on the ITV soap, added: "I'd really love to find a way of telling a story like that for Jacob and opening the conversation."

Previously opening up to fans about his diagnosis on the Industry Minds podcast in 2020, he explained: "My brother and mum started crying and I was just kind of in the middle. It was weird, really weird, as though time had stopped."

He went on to say: "And then I always had this feeling that 'this isn't going to be the thing that kills me', I don't know why I was so confident."

Jack spoke out once more about overcoming his cancer battle when he showed his support for Corrie co-star Victoria Ekanoye – who played Jude Appleton’s wife Angie until 2019 – through her own breast cancer battle.

The star reached out to Victoria on Twitter, telling her: "I think you’re class. Been so inspired by you opening up about your cancer journey and I’m sending you all the love and positive vibes.

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He added: "Had my own run in with it a few years back. You’ve got this. Big love!"

Former Corrie star Victoria then thanked Jack in reply: "I won’t lie, it’s one hell of a slog, but my family and friends, all the messages of support… feels like I have my own little army."

She added: "I had no idea you battled the big C… what a warrior. And now you’re smashing it on our beloved @itvcorrie. Much love and respect."

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