It's Creepy Standing in the Same Dock as Shipman; Exclusive SOAP NEWCOMER MIKEY NORTH IS LOVING GRITTY STORYLINES OF WEATHERFIELD BAD BOY GARY Corrie Star Spooked by His Scenes in Killer's Court

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It's Creepy Standing in the Same Dock as Shipman; Exclusive SOAP NEWCOMER MIKEY NORTH IS LOVING GRITTY STORYLINES OF WEATHERFIELD BAD BOY GARY Corrie Star Spooked by His Scenes in Killer's Court


Byline: By Rick Fulton

NEW Coronation Street bad boy Mikey North said he felt the fear when filming the soap's latest trial scene, standing in the same dock as mass murder Harold Shipman.

On Monday his character, Gary Windass, could go to jail for beating up cunning David Platt.

The soap used Preston Crown Court for the dramatic scenes, the real-life dock where Harold Shipman was found guilty of killing 15 of his patients in 2000 and 10-year-olds Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were found guilty of murdering two-year-old James Bulger in 1993.

Mikey, 22, from Scarborough, revealed: "It was very weird to think they had stood in the same place I had. It's a bit creepy really.

"But it helped with feeling scared being in the same dock and getting shown around the cells.

"Just the thought of spending time inside, it really brought it home."

Monday's episode will see if David, played by Jack P. Shepherd, will once again pull the wool over everyone's eyes with his devious scheming.

He is hoping girlfriend Tina (Michelle Keegan) will lie in court and claim it was Gary, who already has a previous criminal conviction, who threw the first punch, when it was actually the other way round.

If Gary is found guilty, he will be sent to jail.

For Mikey it was a strange twist of fate as he'd studied for a law qualification in his teens and wanted to be a lawyer - if he couldn't be a cricketer or an actor.

He said: "It's not my first time in court, although not because of anything I've done.

"When I was younger, studying for my law A-level, I went to the Old Bailey and watched a trial about a mum who poisoned her child by putting salt in his hospital drip."

Now it's him taking the stand, although of course he's just acting.

In Monday's episode, Gary's hopes are raised when initially Tina refuses to face court and lie for her boyfriend.

"But almost as soon as he is finished taunting David again, Tina turns up. Will she lie under oath?

It's only been six months since Mikey joined the soap and he's already made a huge impression. So much so that he has been nominated for Villain Of The Year in The British Soap Awards.

The hot-headed new character has had a fling with Rosie Webster and then gave David the beating everyone thinks he's deserved for years.

Last month's fight with David was a belter with Mikey's punches looking brutal and realistic.

But like many soap bad boys, there is a down side to playing him - people actually think Mikey's like that in real life.

He said: "Younger people seem to think I'm a legend because I'm smacking David Platt.

"People come up and say: 'Make sure you give him one from me next time'. But it's difficult going out with my pals. It's at the point now where I've got to be careful. It can be a nightmare.

"You are very aware of it, but sometimes I forget and wonder why people are looking at me or coming up to me, before I realise they think I'm Corrie's Gary.

"I do take it as a compliment though when people come up and say they hate my character or are scared of him. But I'm nothing like him. I'm a mummy's boy," he joked.

"I'm just trying to keep my feet on the ground and have as normal a life."

His girlfriend of two years is also getting used to teenage girls mobbing him when they are out shopping.

Grinning he added: "She's been really good about it. It can't be easy."

THE difference between Mikey's bad boy character Gary and David's is that he is aggressive and doesn't rely on mind games and dirty tricks. …

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