Coronation Street stars fear axe

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 January 2013
Jack P Shepherd

Jack P. Shepherd

'Coronation Street' stars are fearing for their future on the show after new boss Stuart ­Blackburn has called for face to face meetings with them all

'Coronation Street' stars are fearing for their place on the show.

The soap's new producer, Stuart Blackburn, has called actors in for face-to-face meetings about their future on the programme, with many stars fearing a cull.

ITV has denied claims up to 10 stars could face the axe, but many fear "drastic action" as Stuart previously saw off a number of characters on 'Emmerdale' when he worked there.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "There are a few people full of jitters in here. They don't know whether their faces will fit or not. And with mortgages and commitments to think of it's a panicky time for a few people.

"Even if they don't get the bullet they can be kind of sidelined, which means their pay packet will take a battering until it is decided to bring them back in to the fold.

"This is nothing really new. When a new boss comes in they always want to get to know the people they are working with. But they will also have their own ideas on how the show will be heading and that could mean drastic action."

Jack P. Shepherd, 24, who plays David Platt, said 'Coronation Street' stars are "terrified" about having a new boss, but he thinks his character will be OK as he remembers Stuart from when he worked on the show as a story editor.

He said: "We're terrified. It's always the same, with people asking, 'Have you heard? New boss, what's he like'? But I remember Stuart. Thankfully, I've a good relationship with him."

Stuart - who takes over from previous producer Phil Collinson - has already said he is keen to bring Tina O'Brien - who played Sarah-Louise Platt - back after five years away from the soap.

But the show has also been rocked by the decision of Julie Hesmondhalgh, who plays Hayley Cropper, to quit after 15 years on the programme.

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