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Former Corrie star opens up about his mental health

Former Coronation Street actor Ian Puleston-Davies has opened up about his experience of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

The actor has spoken about the lengths he goes to to hide his condition for a documentary that airs on BBC Wales Tonight.

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He describes his OCD as "all encompassing" and told that one of his fears is "sitting down too quickly and cracking my coccyx".

"If I'm in a restaurant, I can't just sit down straight away. I have to measure the distance between my coccyx and the seat," he said.

"I can't be bobbing up and down ... I'll look like the crazy man in the restaurant. I have this smokescreen of deceit where I'm pretending to sit down but I'm actually going 'have I got my keys? I must have left them in the car' ... 'Are you happy here, we can always sit there'.

"All the time this juggling is going on ... I'm actually measuring the distance between coccyx and seat."

"If you don't indulge the voices, the noises in your head, you are under extraordinary stress which won't go away and believe me that noise can and does get very, very loud."

– Ian Puleston-Davies
Ian played Owen Armstrong in the soap. Credit: PA

He starred in Coronation Street for five years, playing builder Owen Armstrong until 2015.

Corrie shock: Who pushed Ken Barlow?

William Roache has joked that he thought Coronation Street bosses were trying to write him out of the soap when he read his latest big storyline.

The actor's character Ken Barlow is left in hospital after an unknown assailant pushes him down the stairs, with members of his own family among those suspected of attempted murder.

Ken Barlow after being pushed downstairs. Credit: ITV

Roache, 84, quipped: "Well my first thought was, 'Are they trying to write me out?', that was my question to Kate (producer Kate Oates).

"But once I knew Ken would recover I was thrilled with the storyline.

"Strong stories are great to do, as an actor they are very enjoyable. I have always liked the idea of having this strong family, one of the oldest families all together again."

Roache - who first appeared in the ITV show in 1960 - said it is a "great compliment" to be at the heart of the action after so many years on the cobbles.

"I do appreciate it very much, I want to be able to do it justice and to be able to continue to be part of the action," he said.

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Corrie's Ben Price happy for writers to kill off Nick Tilsley

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Coronation Street's Ben Price, who plays Nick Tilsley, said he is happy for writers to kill off his character when he leaves the soap later this year.

The actor is leaving after seven years on the cobbles to spend more time with his family.

His character, Gail's eldest son from her marriage to Brian Tilsley, is set to be written out of the show in early summer. Producers have not revealed the exit storyline.

Caroline Whitmore has been speaking to star about his pending exit.

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