Malcolm Hebden terrified about tram

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 October 2010
Malcolm Hebden

Malcolm Hebden

'Coronation Street' actor Malcolm Hebden admits he is terrified about learning whether or not his character Norris Cole will be killed off in the upcoming tram crash storyline

Malcolm Hebden is too scared to ask 'Coronation Street' bosses if they're going to kill his character off in the tram crash.

The actor - who has played hapless newsagent Norris Cole since 1997 - admits he is terrified by rumours his alter-ego could be one of the Weatherfield residents facing the chop, but can't face asking show bosses.

He said: "The producer is being very cagey. You've got to go to him and ask him if you are going and he'll tell you - but I haven't been. I daren't go! Barbara Knox, who plays Rita, said to me the other day, 'You know this is the last time we'll film in The Kabin', because we were about to film the scenes where the shop was crushed by the tram. But whether Norris goes with it, I don't know."

The 70-year-old actor admits he would feel lost if he was sacked, because 'Coronation Street' means "everything" to him.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Of course, you can only be in the show when you are providing what is required, but I'd be terrified to leave. I don't know what I'd do with my time, because work has been everything. Work is my hobby and I don't do holidays."

Malcolm doesn't have a pension and admits he feels "lucky" to be working.

Because of this he's decided to remain at 'Coronation Street' for as long as possible - providing they don't "squish" Norris in the 50th anniversary tram crash.

He said: "I've recently made a decision not to look over my shoulder, be grateful for what I've got and just get on with it. I'll stay as long as they'll keep me. But we haven't finished filming the tram crash yet. It would be terrible, wouldn't it, if it was 'squish' for Norris?"

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