Ryan Clayton Interview

Coronation Street newcomer Ryan Clayton, who plays Josh, discusses the difficult subject of male rape and what's to come in David Platt's story.

What sort of person has Josh been careful to portray to the Street?

We have seen that side of him that he is possibly not all that he seems but David and Josh were bonding and getting along with each other. Josh was being supportive to David and he has enjoyed being the centre of attention around the boxing match.

Tell us what happened when Josh was flirty with David.

Josh overheard Shona say something to David like, he can’t have Josh all to himself, and Josh clocks this. It is those opportunist moments that people like Josh look for.

What happened at the bar the next day?

It stems from what Josh has heard the previous day. Josh takes David out for what, in his head, he thinks is a date and he gets a lot of personal stuff out of David and gets him in a vulnerable state.

He makes sure David drinks far more than he does then he puts something in his drink to drug him.

Josh is an opportunist but has he had this plan in his head for a long time?

Josh is prepared because he has had to pick up the drugs. It is something that Josh has planned since overhearing what Shona said. It wasn’t ever a long term plan, in Josh’s head he just thinks, “I can pull tonight.” Josh thinks that they get on so in his head maybe David thinks the same.

Evolution Of The Set

With our new Victoria Street set now revealed, let's take a look at the evolution of the famous cobbles over the years...


When Coronation Street began in December 1960 the Street itself was represented by an interior set at Granada Television Studios.

Hilda and Albert outside Number One

Originally the pavement and cobblestones were painted on the studio floor.

The original Rover's Landlady, Annie Walker

The viaduct and the Corner Shop end were no more than a scenic backdrop.

Creating Victoria Street

For years the area surrounding the terraced houses, Rovers Return, corner shop, cafe and newsagents has existed only in the viewers’ imagination, but now fans can see what life is like beyond the cobbles.

Join us to find out more about how Victoria Street was created.

Designing a wider world

The first drawings were hand draughted and produced within the first 6 months of moving to the Trafford Wharf Road site back in 2014.

A cardboard and 3D computer model was created in the process to check every angle of the set before it was built.

The new set took over three years to develop from original drawings to completion.