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Alan Halsall on why he didn’t speak to his Corrie co-stars for a year

We couldn't believe it either!

Coronation Street star Alan Halsall is known for being confident, funny and likeable off-set.

So it might come as a surprise to hear that the actor didn’t speak to any of his co-stars when he first joined the soap in 1998.

ITV Archive Tyrone Dobbs
Alan joined the soap in 1998 as Tyrone (Credit: ITV Archive)

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And not for the reason you might think…

In fact, Alan – now 36 – has admitted he was simply “terrified”.

He made his debut at the tender age of just 16, and has played mechanic Tyrone for 20 years.

Alan Halsall Lucy-Jo Hudson
Alan went on to marry his co-star Lucy-Jo Hudson (Credit: ITV Archive)

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While he’s now part of the furniture, he used to be so shy and intimidated by his co-stars he couldn’t speak to them!

Opening up to What’s On TV, he revealed: “It’s surreal that I’ve been here for so long. It’s such an odd thing. I appreciate that it’s been 20 years, but I also remember my first day like it was yesterday.

“Because I was 16, I was put straight into the adult green room. It was really daunting to see these people who were all legends; I was literally terrified! I’m normally quite loud, but I don’t think I spoke for about a year!”

Tyrone kisses Sally
Remember when Tyrone and Sally kissed? (Credit: ITV)

Those days seem aeons ago now, with Tyrone and Fiz fast becoming the new Jack and Vera.

Alan has become such a famous face, in fact, that he even has imposters pretending to be him online!

He recently tweeted: “[I] really can’t understand it.

“No idea why there’s now several fake accounts of me all in one day?? So weird!!”

https://twitter.com/alanhalsall/status/1064959377185144832

Well they do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

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