Graeme Hawley's troublesome character

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 July 2010
Graeme Hawley

Graeme Hawley

'Coronation Street' actor Graeme Hawley admits his alter-ego John Stape is not ''cold and calculating'' but just unlucky

Graeme Hawley doesn't think his 'Coronation Street' alter-ego is "calculating" - even though he is set to murder.

The actor - who portrays unstable former prisoner John Stape - is adamant his character isn't a bad person, even though he is about to murder the man whose identity he has stolen.

He said: "John's not cold and calculating. but he has a knack for trouble and if he's in the wrong place at the wrong time there could be disastrous results."

John had struggled to find work since leaving prison, but eventually landed a job as a teacher after stealing the identity of Colin Fishwick.

But when a man turns up at the home he shares with his wife Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine), John's secret is revealed and eventually he is forced to confess to Colin.

He said: "Colin is shocked and says he'll have to go away and think about things. But he promises John he won't go to the police."

When the scorned husband mistakenly beats up John and accuses him of cheating, Fiz sees all and panics that her husband is actually seeing another woman.

But John's old teacher friend Charlotte Hoyle (Becky Hindley) overhears the whole thing, and starts blackmailing John for sex.

Graeme added to Soaplife magazine: "She's loving the excitement and starts blackmailing John - his body or she goes to the police. John has 10 balls up in the air so one or two are bound to drop."

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