Antony Cotton's Charlie fall-out

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The 'Coronation Street' cast has been split by an alleged fall out between two of the soap's biggest stars, Antony Cotton and Marcus Dent, as they feel they have to take sides.

The 'Coronation Street' cast has been split by a reported fall out between two of the soap's biggest stars.

Former on-screen lovers Antony Cotton and Charlie Condou - who play Sean Tully and Marcus Dent respectively - are allegedly no longer on friendly terms and only speak to each other when they have to.

And now the rift is said to have affected the whole cast of the ITV1 soap and is set to continue after Charlie signed a new two-year contract to stay on the show.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It is an open secret that Antony and Charlie do not see eye to eye. There is a real divide throughout the cast and crew, with some people Team Condou and a few Team Cotton.

"They are both very different people and whereas Antony is quite showbizzy, Charlie is quite quiet and down to earth. They simply rub each other up the wrong way."

Things came to a head recently, when Charlie and Antony were booked to appear alongside one another on Paddy McGuinness' 'Show And Telly', but just two days before filming, Charlie was reportedly told he was no longer needed.

He was replaced by former fellow 'Coronation Street' actor, Chris Fountain.

The source added: "Antony and Charlie were due to appear on Paddy's 'Show And Telly' but two days before filming Charlie was told he would no longer be required. Although the official reason was because the bookers wanted a younger mix of guests, Charlie feels there was another problem.

"Charlie was gutted because he was appearing to raise money for The Albert Kennedy Trust, and didn't want to let them down."

A 'Coronation Street' spokesman declined to comment on their off-camera friendship but said: "On set they have a great, professional relationship."

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