‘It came at a good time’: Will Mellor details how landing Coronation Street role after his father Bill’s death ‘was a nice positive’ as he says his dad would have been ‘chuffed’ to see him in soap
Will Mellor has said landing a role on Coronation Street after the death of his beloved father in April 2020 from cancer ‘came at a good time’.
Noting that his father would have been ‘chuffed’ to see him on the iconic soap, Will, 45, added he considered the acting job ‘a nice positive’ after such a devastating loss.
The Two Pints Of Lager actor plays drug lord Harvey Gaskell on the ITV favourite and despite only being cast as the character in February has caused quite a stir in Weatherfield.
Candid: Will Mellor has said landing a role on Coronation Street after the death of his beloved father in April 2020 ‘came at a good time’
Will told The Mirror: ‘I had a bad time losing my dad. Doing Corrie has been a lift for the family and a boost for my mum – it’s been really tough for her. She’s on her own now, so it’s a good distraction for her.’
Will also revealed that he wears his late father’s ring on his little finger while in character.
‘It’s one I bought him years ago. I put it into the character and it works – we’ve got him with me on my little finger in the character.’
Last year Will shared an emotional video with fans revealing his father had passed away after being rushed to hospital in March, but later clarified his death wasn’t a result of COVID-19.
Proud: Noting that his father would have been ‘chuffed’ to see him on the iconic soap, Will added he considered the acting job ‘a nice positive’ after such a devastating loss
Revealing he had turned to alcohol in the wake of Bill’s death, Will told New! Magazine last year: ‘It was really tough. It’s been the hardest year. My dad passed away in April, so I was struggling with a lot of stuff.
‘I probably drank more than I ate. I was getting through lockdown with wine and beer, and then realised that wasn’t a good idea, so I started to get into fitness.’
Will then lost his uncle Barry before Christmas, followed by his uncle George and aunt Pat – who died within days of each other.
George and Pat sadly passed away from the same type of brain cancer that killed Will’s father.
Honest: Revealing he had turned to alcohol in the wake of Bill’s death, Will told New! Magazine last year: ‘I probably drank more than I ate’ (pictured with his mum and dad)
In March, Will admitted that he was ‘terrified’ of his late dad Bill’s temper as he reflected on their difficult relationship.
The soap star candidly discussed his upbringing with his dad, and told how despite his father loving his family, he struggled to show affection.
Will noted that despite Bill’s firm hand keeping him on the straight and narrow, he wouldn’t do the same to his own children as he said: ‘The way he disciplined me as a kid I wouldn’t do that to my son.’
The actor was speaking on the Sixteen Summers podcast, which asked the question: ‘If you had to choose between your childhood and the one you’re giving your kids, which would you pick?’
Reflecting on his relationship with Bill, he said: ‘The way he disciplined me as a kid I wouldn’t do that to my son. But different times call for different measures, he was struggling.’
He added: ‘His dad was horrendous. So as I see it he was an improvement. I knew his shortcomings weren’t his fault. And he loved us. He didn’t really know how to show it a lot of the times; he never really hugged us that much.
‘If he give me a crack for something he’d come up and say sorry at the end of the night and I could sleep after that.’
Will shares son Jayden, 17, and daughter Renee, 13, with his wife Michelle.
Father: Will has two children of his own and shares son Jayden, 17, and daughter Renee, 13, with his wife Michelle