Coronation Street star Sol Heras has revealed details of his upcoming drugs storyline.
The actor plays Ryan Connor in the soap, and his character will appear on screen for the first time next week after being kicked out of university. Ryan tells his mum Michelle that he’s on a break from his studies, and it will be revealed that he’s concealing a cocaine habit.
Speaking to The Sun about the hard-hitting plot, Sol said: “It’s a very serious storyline but in the real world it does happen. As long as it’s done professionally and done well, it’s great.
“I think it’ll be good for young people to see the consequences that come from drugs. You’ll see that the drugs are the reason that Ryan is falling out with everyone and causing trouble.
“There’s a loneliness to Ryan because no-one really trusts him. It just shows that it’s a bad way to go.”
The character of Ryan, who was originally played by actor Ben Thompson, was written out of the soap in 2010, and it was announced earlier this year that Ryan would be returning to the cobbles.
Sol feels fortunate that Ryan’s character has completely changed since his last appearance in the soap, as it means that Corrie fans are less likely to compare him to Ben.
“Ryan is not the way he was before and he’s picked up bad habits, so that’s enabled me to come in and essentially be a fresh character,” he explained.
“He’s changed so much that I didn’t have to stick to how the previous actor had played him, which really helps when you’re coming into a new show.”
Sol has described Corrie as a dream job, and he got really star-struck recently when he got to work with Kym Marsh, who plays Michelle Connor, and Brooke Vincent, who plays Sophie Webster. He was also blown away when he met Bill Roache, who plays Ken Barlow.
“I didn’t know whether to say hello to him or not, but he’s such a great guy,” Sol said. “He knew who I was already and was really nice to me.”
Ryan will be seen on screens from Friday, July 20.
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