Chris Gascoyne surprised by Corrie fans

'Coronation Street' actor Chris Gascoyne - who plays Peter Barlow - is surprised fans still like him despite his "flawed" character

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Corrie's Chris Gascoyne

Chris Gascoyne is surprised he doesn't get a hard time from 'Coronation Street' viewers.

The actor - who portrays troubled Peter Barlow in the long-running ITV soap - has previously experienced storylines dealing with alcoholism and more recently the kidnap of his own son, and he admits he expected people to not like him because he is a "flawed" person.

He said: "Well the fans never give me a hard time. They seem to like Peter, which is weird, because you really shouldn't. He's an idiot!

"He's a flawed character, though, rather than an evil one - so you ultimately don't want him to suffer something terrible."

Chris - who has played Peter since 2000 - will be taking some time off from the soap shortly before returning in October, and he admits he is looking forward to being with his wife Caroline and their three children.

He added to Inside Soap magazine: "I simply want a bit of family time and a bit of a normal life for a while!"

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