Coronation Street's Alan Halsall shocked by domestic violence research

Coronation Street star Alan Halsall's current storyline sees his character Tyrone Dobbs being battered by his girlfriend Kirsty.

The actor admits that he was shocked by the research he undertook for the male domestic violence plot.

He told the Daily Mirror: "I read case studies and they were quite unbelievable.

"They were real-life accounts and it's amazing the kind of people it can happen to. One man I read about was a nightclub doorman.

"You don't imagine someone like him suffering domestic violence at home, so it just shows that it can happen to anyone. It's really shocking."

He added: "I think it's a subject that happens more than people realise: men don't want to talk about it - it's kind of taboo. I hope I do this issue justice and raise awareness."

However, Alan revealed his home life is much calmer than that of his Corrie character.

Halsall has been married to Wild At Heart actress Lucy-Jo Hudson for three years.

He said: "We are not at all like ­Tyrone and Kirsty. We get on so well and our relationship is very calm - we've only had one argument and that wasn't much of a fight.

"I'm pretty laid-back and I'm not somebody who rows - I'd rather sit and chat, and Lucy is very placid. We're really in love."

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