Alan Halsall using Coronation Street to practise fatherhood

Alan Halsall admits playing new dad Tyrone Dobbs has helped him practice his parenting skills before his baby daughter arrives

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Alan Halsall

Alan Halsall

Alan Halsall says 'Coronation Street' has given him a trial run at fatherhood.

The actor - who plays mechanic Tyrone Dobbs on the ITV soap - is thrilled about expecting his first child with wife Lucy-Jo Hudson, but admits he is relieved playing a doting dad to baby Ruby on the show has given him some much-needed practice before his daughter arrives in August.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I get to work with Macy who plays Ruby on 'Corrie' and she's wonderful, but I also have two nieces, so we have them every now and then and they're much better practice."

Alan is up for four gongs at the British Soap Awards - Best Storyline, Best Episode, Best On-screen Partnership with Jennie McAlpine (Fiz), and Best Actor - thanks to this year's hard-hitting domestic abuse storyline, which saw him fall victim to girlfriend Kirsty Soames' (Natalie Gumede) vicious ways.

The 30-year-old star revealed the gripping plot was a dream come true for him and he was overwhelmed by the amazing reaction from fans, especially their 'Free Tyrone' campaign.

He explained: "A story like that is what every actor dreams of. Domestic violence that way round was so new to the UK audience. You want to get it right because it's never been done before.

"Everywhere I went it was, 'You need to leave Kirsty and get with Fiz. You need to tell someone she's hitting you.' It got an amazing reaction.

"It was difficult to watch at times. It's a very serious issue that needed highlighting, because it happens a lot more than people think.

"I really enjoyed all the 'Free Tyrone' stuff too. People were putting pictures on Twitter of them in obscure places with 'Free Tyrone' stickers. It was very funny."

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