Bill Tarmey feared Corrie disappointment
- Bang Showbiz
- 4 October 2010
'Coronation Street' actor Bill Tarmey admits part of the reason why he decided to leave the show was because he felt he was ''letting down'' his co-stars because of his health problems
Bill Tarmey felt he was "letting down" his 'Coronation Street' co-stars because of his health problems.
The 69-year-old actor - who recently filmed his final scenes in the ITV1 soap after 30 years playing Jack Duckworth - decided it was time to go after problems with his heart, breathing, sleeping and hearing left him "embarrassed".
He said: "A few weeks ago my breathing was really c**p. We shot four or five scenes but then I was really breathless. The director said, 'We'll do the rest tomorrow.' I kept thinking: 'I've never had to do that in my life.' I felt awful for letting down other people."
Bill also had to have a hearing aid fitted, after his hearing was left damaged by his work with big bands over the years.
He explained: "It was terrifying at work. I'd be doing a scene with Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone Dobbs, he'd be talking and I'd be saying: 'What?' He'd reply: 'I'm saying my lines.' 'Oh, sorry.' I'd have to get the floor manager to nod at me when it was my turn to come in because I just couldn't hear. It was becoming quite embarrassing."
Despite struggling with ill-health, Bill has thoroughly enjoyed his time on the show and admits he is still hopeful he could be brought back as his alter-ego's twin.
He added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It feels like a lot of me is missing right now, but I hope that will ease. If not, I could always come back as Jack's twin brother. Or maybe his twin sister - I've still got the wig and frock!"