Coronation Street's Ben Price gets 'upset' acting out mitochondrial disease plot

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 September 2020
Ben Price

Ben Price

'Coronation Street' actor Ben Price isn't sure if he is dealing with his current storyline, in which his stepson has been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, "very well", and admitted it can be "hard" not to take the tough plot home with him

Ben Price "gets a bit upset" and has to take five minutes out at the end of the day after acting out scenes for his latest 'Coronation Street' plot.

The 48-year-old star's character Nick Tilsley is currently facing a tough situation in which his partner Leanne Battersby's (Jane Danson) son Oliver has been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, and the former 'Footballers' Wives' actor isn't sure if he is dealing with the hard-hitting storyline "very well".

When asked how he deals with it when going home to his own family, he said: "I don't know whether I deal with it very well. I get a bit upset, and then you have to try to separate yourself.

"Jane Danson has been amazing, absolutely incredible. She carries it. She takes that emotional journey, and I just try to stay there with her.

"These are powerful storylines and we need to tell them.

"Sometimes you just need five minutes at the end of the day to change your clothes, remember where you are, get into another life.

"Occasionally, it's hard."

Ben also admitted it is particularly tough not being able to give Jane a hug – due to social distancing guidelines, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – after the pair have acted out such emotional scenes on the ITV soap.

Speaking on 'Loose Women', he added: "In these very powerful scenes, at the end of it I really want to go and hug Leanne, but I can't.

"It's an adjustment. Jane looked at me in that scene and said, 'I just want a hug, Ben.'

"You forget, we all forget."

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