Chris Harper says Coronation Street grooming story will get darker

'Coronation Street' actor Chris Harper says it is only just the beginning for teenage Bethany in the soap and it's going to get darker

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Chris Harper as Nathan in Corrie

Chris Harper as Nathan in Corrie

Chris Harper says it's only just the beginning for Bethany Platt's misery in 'Coronation Street' as his character ramps up his grooming mission.

The harrowing storyline has Chris' character Nathan Curtis win the trust of 16-year-old Bethany (Lucy Fallon) and make her his girlfriend, but now he plans to let his evil friends sleep with the pretty blonde and Chris admits Bethany will be entering a "dark space"

Speaking on 'This Morning', Chris said: "Nathan has done it before to other people and is doing with other people still. Bethany is falling in love with him. She is going to be entering a dark space and Nathan introducing Neil is just the beginning. Counsellors call it love bombing and it can happen to anyone. The perpetrator pretends to be your hero but Bethany to Nathan is a commodity. Nathan will be proposing to her and he wins her trust and makes her fall in love with him then flips it and plays on her age."

Chris admits it's been tough to portray such a heinous character on the cobbles but he was thrilled to be cast in 'Corrie' as it is his favourite TV show.

He said: "I burst into tears when I got the role. My wife who is brilliantly supportive said it was a fantastic opportunity and a great part and a great chance. I hope Nathan doesn't stay in Weatherfield for long. I hope he doesn't get a job in the Rovers and become good but bitter.

"I've met some incredibly strong people and when they found out that 'Corrie' was going to do this story they were happy. They're used to being ignored or labelled. The NSPCC is pushing this as a big problem we have across the country."

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