Eileen Grimshaw's new man has saucy secret
- Bang Showbiz
- 12 October 2011
Coronation Street's Eileen Grimshaw is stunned to find her new boyfriend is married - and even more shocked by his wife's response to their romance
Coronation Street's Eileen Grimshaw could be set for heartbreak when she discovers her new boyfriend is married.
The Wetherfield matriarch is smitten with fireman Paul Kershaw until she realises he is already taken - but Tony Hirst, who plays the newcomer, insists there is more to his alter ego's situation than it first seems.
Tony said: "Yes Paul does have a wife - but believe it or not, he's a veer solid, upright, loyal and principled bloke.
"He likes Eileen a lot and what's going on is much more complicated than she initially realises. Paul is actually protecting himself and protecting her feelings - well, he's attempting to."
Eileen (Sue Cleaver) confronts Paul about her suspicions and then goes to break the news of their romance to his wife Lesley - but is shocked when she doesn't respond and the fireman drops a bombshell.
Tony added to Inside Soap magazine: "I can't tell you what's been going on, but I can tell you that Paul has been desperate for some company and affection.
"When he's with Eileen, it's like some sanctuary from the rest of his life - his focus is on her entirely. But the whole situation has got a little bit out of hand now. There is lots more drama to come - but I'm definitely on Paul's side."