Coronation Street's Seb and Nina to be attacked in plot inspired by Sophie Lancaster murder
- Bang Showbiz
- 26 April 2021
'Coronation Street' have announced a new hard-hitting plot inspired by the real-life murder of Sophie Lancaster - who was stamped to death by a gang for being a goth - which will see Seb Franklin and Nina Lucas attacked
Coronation Street's Seb Franklin and Nina Lucas are to be viciously attacked as part of a new hate crime plot inspired by the real-life murder of Sophie Lancaster.
The cobbles couple – played by Harry Visinoni and Mollie Gallagher – will be set upon by Corey Brent (Maximus Evans) and his gang, who will abuse Seb and Nina over their appearances and then chase after the pair and attack them.
It comes after Sophie was stamped to death by a gang in Lancashire in 2007 for being a goth.
Corrie's executive producer Iain MacLeod said: "The issue of intolerance and hatred towards people from different cultures and subcultures is arguably more relevant now than it’s ever been.
"This incredibly hard-hitting storyline, which centres on a senseless act of violence, will draw in characters from all corners of our narrative universe and will, we hope, leave the audience with a clear message: everyone, regardless of how they look, how they dress or any aspect of how they live their life, should be treated with tolerance and respect.
"The story will run across the rest of the year and beyond, with many twists and turns, and will be heart-breaking and dramatic in equal measure. In the end, the story will see an optimistic outcome emerge from the traumatic attack."
Sophie's mum Dr Sylvia Lancaster has been helping the 'Corrie' cast and crew with the storyline.
She said: "I know first-hand the abuse, harassment and violence that alternative people suffer. Hate crime is usually directed at already stigmatised and minority groups and Sophie was assaulted three times before that final, sustained and brutal attack that took her life – but she never reported the earlier assaults.
"'Coronation Street' covering this issue means such a huge amount to me. We want alternative people to know that they shouldn’t be putting up with this prejudice and intolerance, and they should report it.
"We want the wider community to really appreciate the horror of this violence and understand that difference in itself, is not frightening, it just makes us all who we are.
"We will also use this platform to continue raising awareness of Sophie’s case with the police and judiciary to make sure that hate crime against alternative people is recognised and treated with the degree of severity that it deserves."