Coronation Street star Jude Riordan, who plays Sam Blakeman, has revealed he was in tears as his on-screen mum, Natasha, played by Rachel Leskovac, died.
Last week, Natasha was shot by drug lord, Harvey, who had escaped prison.
Harvey came to the cobbles seeking revenge on Sam’s stepmother, Leanne Battersby, who testified against him in court. However he ended up shooting Natasha, mistaking her for Leanne.
In last night’s scenes (Monday, October 25) Nick told Sam what happened to his mum and after her operation he took Sam to the hospital.
They were told Natasha would need another surgery as her blood pressure was high.
Nick took Sam to see his mum before she went in for surgery and she said a tearful goodbye to her son.
Sam was adamant his mum would be okay. However when waiting for news, a doctor came out and broke the devastating news to Sam that his mother had died as they were unable to stop the internal bleeding.
Coronation Street: Jude Riordan pays tribute to Rachel
After the episode aired, 10-year-old Jude shared a tribute to Rachel on Twitter.
Retweeting Rachel’s farewell video, Jude wrote: “The hardest thing I have had to film, my tag team has gone.
“I love @rachelleskovac1 all around the stars and back. Stick around and watch Sam try to come to terms with his massive loss. Reading all the amazing comments through my watery eyes, thank you all so much #Corrie.”
The HARDEST thing I have had to film 💔 my tag team has gone 🥺 I love @rachelleskovac1 all around the stars and back. Stick around and watch Sam try to come to terms with his massive loss. Reading all the amazing comments through my watery eyes, thank you all so much #corrie https://t.co/hq1Ks5aD2k
— Jude Riordan (@JudeRiordan) October 25, 2021
Fans were quick to praise Jude for his performance.
— Brett Hadley (@BrettHadley42) October 25, 2021
— Elaine Durrington (@Laney_Dee) October 25, 2021
— India Willoughby (@IndiaWilloughby) October 25, 2021
Rachel talks about saying goodbye to Jude
Rachel was asked if it was hard for her to say goodbye to Jude, as they had formed such a close bond.
She responded: “It was a really emotional day for both of us, because it was our last day of filming together. We’d got each other little gifts so we ended up cheering each other up in the car park after we’d finished.
“He’s got a really special place in my heart, from the first time I FaceTimed him before I met him on set I just knew that we would get on really well and it’s been an absolute joy to film with him.
“I’m going to miss working with him, but we’ve said hopefully at some point in the future we’ll get to work together again.”
Coronation Street usually airs on Mondays and Wednesdays 7.30pm and 8.30pm with an hour long episode at 7.30 on Fridays on ITV.
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