Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Storyline Changes Corrie Star

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Storyline Changes Corrie Star

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CORRIE actor Richard Hawley says that a new plot involving Multiple Sclerosis has changed his perspective on life and death.

Cobbles character Johnny Connor, played by Hawley, reveals later this week to his daughter how he has MS.

Last night in the soap, Johnny called off his wedding to Jenny Bradley as he kept his illness secret from loved ones.

But in tomorrow's episode, he will finally reveal the news of his MS to daughter Kate. Hawley, 61, has been working with the MS Society to make his portrayal of the illness realistic. He has met and become friends with MS sufferer Richard Bones.

Asked about how the storyline had affected him personally, he told our sister title The Daily Mirror: "Yes, it has changed me, I take lessons from what I have learned. I feel really enriched by the whole experience. Once you are through the diagnosis you get on with your life and in some ways it feels like life but slightly supercharged. …

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