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Corrie star talks about abuse he faces from gay men over his soap character

Tony Warren, watched by Brooke Vincent and Antony Cotton. Photo: Manchester Evening News

Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton has spoken about the abuse he gets from young gay men.

Speaking at Manchester Pride's fringe festival on the subject of gay characters in Coronation Street, he says he has faced ridicule for years from the gay community about the character her plays in the soap- Sean Tully.

He told the audience at The Lowry centre:

"I get a lot of stick from people who say, and these are people who are 21 years old, 'you've put the gay cause back 21 years.'

"Or they say 'you're a disgrace to this village'. You'd be surprised how many kids say that to me."

– Antony Cotton
Antony Cotton and Brooke Vincent Credit: Manchester Evening News

In defence of his soap character, Antony said: "Sean has never had to explain who he was, he never had to come out, he was just accepted into the community of Weatherfield from the start.

"So for every one of those people who say to me that Sean's a stereotype, and that he doesn't have a political storyline, actually the fact he's never had to explain himself makes him the most political gay character in soap."

Antony joined Coronation Street creator Tony Warren, soap writers Damon Rochefort, Debbie Oates and Jonathan Harvey and co-star Brooke Vincent for the discussion, titled Coming Out, from Script to Screen on Tuesday night.