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Sunday 26th May 2019

Coronation Street's David Neilson reveals "strangest" place he's been recognised

He has been on the cobbles since 1995

David Neilson admits Nepal is the "strangest place" he's ever been recognised by a fan.

The Coronation Street star - who has played Roy Cropper on the cobbles since 1995 - insisted he doesn't often get spotted by viewers in his everyday life, but it once happened in the most unexpected way when he was visiting his son in South Asia.

Roy's even a hit in Nepal! (Credit: ITV)

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He told Inside Soap: "The strangest place was Nepal! My son was out there on a gap year, about 20 years ago, and I was in a restaurant with him.

"It suddenly went very quiet and all the staff were looking at me.

"It transpired that the restaurant owner's daughter had been studying in Sussex, and watched the show to help her learn English!"

David, 70, who has been with the cast of Coronation Street since 1995, explained how the woman took "real comfort" in watching Corrie while she was away from her own family, and admitted it was a surprise for her to see him in her father's place of business.

It transpired that the restaurant owner's daughter had been studying in Sussex, and watched the show to help her learn English!

Roy is a soap stalwart (Credit: ITV)

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He added that the girl was homesick and took "real comfort" in the stories told on Corrie and it's sense of community.

Meanwhile, David has admitted he still enjoys playing Roy, and he loves the "big history" his character has on Corrie.

He said: "It feels like the strangest thing to do - we have one time on this planet and I have spent most of it playing someone else.

"But it is very nice that Roy has this big history now of 24 years that the writers and I can play with, and I enjoy that now in a different way."

Roy is currently there for Carla (Credit: ITV)

On-screen Roy has just returned from a trip to discover everything that has happened with Carla Connor.

He's got her into hospital and has vowed to be there for his surrogate daughter.

But will she let him?

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