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Coronation Street’s Ben Price reveals he was attacked by a GOOSE while out on a run in Manchester


Coronation Street‘s Ben Price has revealed he was attacked by a goose while out on a run in Manchester recently. 

The actor, 48, – who has played the role of Nick Tilsley on the ITV soap since 2009 – told how he was left ‘a bit panicked’ after the incident. 

Ben said he came across the large bird who was with several chicks when he was out getting some exercise and it then ‘took off at him’ and ‘pinned him against the wall.’  

Terrified: Coronation Street’s Ben Price has revealed he was attacked by a goose while out on a run in Manchester recently

Speaking on the Sofa Cinema Club podcast he said: ‘There I am running through Trafford and there’s a goose with its chicks on the towpath.

‘So I turn and I’m right opposite it running and it goes: ‘Hiss.’ The full hiss. And it’s big. One of those big f***ers.’

‘So it took off at me, pinned me against the wall, full flap. And I’m like, ‘Arghh!’  

‘I was thinking, ‘I’m not going anywhere near your babies, your chicks, I’m just running through.’

Scary: The actor, 48, - who has played the role of Nick Tilsley on the ITV soap since 2009 - told how he was left 'a bit panicked' after the incident (file image)

Scary: The actor, 48, – who has played the role of Nick Tilsley on the ITV soap since 2009 – told how he was left ‘a bit panicked’ after the incident (file image) 

‘I tell you what, I ran. And I was a bit panicked. But of course, there’s like another 10.

‘So I can’t go back, I’m going forward and every time I go past one I’m like talking to them, saying: ‘No dramas, nothing here. I’m just going for a run. Please.’

‘You don’t want to upset them. You don’t want to stress them out.’  

Oh dear: Ben said he came across the large bird who was with several chicks when he was out getting some exercise and it then 'took off at him' and 'pinned him against the wall'

Oh dear: Ben said he came across the large bird who was with several chicks when he was out getting some exercise and it then ‘took off at him’ and ‘pinned him against the wall’

Colson Smith, 22, who plays Craig Tinker on the show, joined him on the podcast and added: ‘I’ve had an encounter as well and they are turning more and more aggressive.

‘There are about 10 geese along this stretch of the canal.

‘I run to certain heart rates and as I see one my heart rate flies up because of the anxiety that it’s going to attack me.

‘They are nasty animals. They’re awful.’

It comes after earlier this week Colson revealed that he was trolled over his ‘looks’ aged just 11 as he discussed his recent weight loss on Monday’s This Morning.

The actor is set to release a documentary called Bored Of Being The Fat Kid on his YouTube channel.

Colson has shed an impressive amount of weight and become a fitness enthusiast after ‘self-harming’ with food, saying he was fed up of always being ‘the fat kid’. 

Talking about the trolling he received before losing weight, the actor revealed that he first got vile comments when he was aged just 11-years-old and that he also experienced a ‘difficult’ time in school due to being the ‘odd one out’. 

Problem: Colson Smith, 22, who plays Craig Tinker on the show, joined him on the podcast and added: 'I've had an encounter as well and they are turning more and more aggressive'

Problem: Colson Smith, 22, who plays Craig Tinker on the show, joined him on the podcast and added: ‘I’ve had an encounter as well and they are turning more and more aggressive’

Colson said: ‘At 11-years-old after my first episode I was quite excited. 

‘The first thing you do is search on Twitter to see what people are saying about you and your acting and they weren’t talking about my acting, they were talking about the way I look.

‘From a young age I’d had a difficult time in school because I was always the odd one out. From 11, being in the public eye, it came from there as well.’ 

Talking about trolling further, Colson added: ‘People say things about you that they don’t think you’ll necessarily see. 

Pals: Ben (left) was chatting about the goose attack on his podcast which he does with co-stars Jack P Shepherd (right) and Colson Smith

Pals: Ben (left) was chatting about the goose attack on his podcast which he does with co-stars Jack P Shepherd (right) and Colson Smith

‘As an actor and somebody who wants to perform, it comes down to it that in your job the acting comes for free and everything else comes with it. In a way it’s part and parcel of the job. It shouldn’t be, but it is.’ 

Colson revealed that he decided to lose weight at the end of 2019 after he assessed his relationship with food, asking Coronation Street boss Iain MacLeod if his weight loss could be incorporated into a storyline for his character Craig Tinker. 

The actor admitted that lockdown could have been a ‘perfect excuse’ for him to put weight on but instead it forced him to ‘stop and refocus’.

Colson said: ‘I spoke to Ian our boss and were talking about what’s next for Craig. I said I’d be up for losing weight if we can fit it in a story and they came back and said we would. 

‘I sat down at the end of 2019 and said: “I’m gonna make sure I can do this.” I’d always felt my role was to be the fat kid and I was 22, I’ve had the same job since I was 11 and I thought: “It’s time for a change.”

‘In March, the world changed and it was lockdown and that could have been the perfect excuse but for me, it was the perfect opportunity to stop and refocus. In that time in lockdown I learned a lot about myself.’

Colson said that he has realised how much ‘self-respect’ he has for himself after documenting his weight loss for his YouTube documentary, adding that he has gained confidence. 

Transformed: Colson is pictured in 2018

Svelte: The actor pictured on Monday's This Morning

Transformed: It comes after earlier this week Colson revealed that he was trolled over his ‘looks’ aged just 11 as he discussed his recent weight loss on Monday’s This Morning (pictured, left, in 2018, and, right, on Monday)



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