Corrie actor Chris Gascoyne on his co-star wife and drastic weight loss for Peter Barlow role

Corrie star Chris Gascoyne has performed Weatherfield favorite Peter Barlow for 21 years.

His character is at the moment being supported within the cleaning soap by his loving spouse Carla Connor as he undergoes a life-saving kidney transplant after battling alcoholism.

In real-life many followers will not realise that actor Chris, whose character has had 5 wives and was a part of an explosive bigamy storyline in 2003 when he married each Lucy Richards and Shelley Unwin, is married to a Corrie co-star.

Chris, 53, tied the knot with Caroline Harding in 2002 and so they have a daughter Belle, 18.

The couple met in 2000 once they went to see their mutual pal Catherine Tate acting at London’s Comedy Store and so they went for a stroll collectively via Soho, reviews the Mirror.

They met in 2000

Caroline has performed numerous characters in Emmerdale – Belinda Connors in November 2005, Doctor Judd in July 2008,

Dr Garrett in August 2013, a prosecution barrister in November 2016 and January 2017 and Dr Todd in June 2018.

And in Coronation Street she performed the advisor who recognized Hope Stape’s most cancers in 2015.

She returned to the cleaning soap from September to November final 12 months as Dr Howarth who handled a dying Oliver Battersby who had Mitochondrial Disease.

Caroline as Dr Howarth

The character informed the courtroom it will be an act of kindness and compassion to modify off his life assist.

Chris is step dad to Caroline’s sons Pip and Freddie from her earlier marriage to BAFTA-winning The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies and Line of Duty actor Jason Watkins.

Chris’ character Peter has struggled with alcohol habit for a few years and hit all-time low in January after punching his personal father Ken Barlow who confronted him over turning to the bottle once more.

“It’s a brand new one even for me. My mum can be ashamed of me,” stated Peter.

The shameful outburst, 50 years to the day since his mom Val had died from an electrical shock, made an influence on Peter as a result of he admitted he does wish to surrender booze.

Peter has been deteriorating

“I do not wish to die. I do not wish to go away you,” he informed his 81-year-old dad.

In 2018 actor Chris sensationally revealed he would wish to see his long-serving character to be killed off by consuming himself to dying over a interval of two years.

He stated it will be the fitting ending for Peter, whose consuming has affected his relationships with loved-ones together with Ken, his teenage son Simon, Carla and his ex spouse Leanne Battersby.

Peter hit the bottle once more final 12 months

Peter had stored his consuming beneath management, even at Christmas 2017 when it appeared he may waver when he found that vicar Billy Mayhew was answerable for the dying of his twin sister Susan and drove him to the sting of a cliff.

“I feel, that is simply me now. If they stated to me subsequent 12 months ‘we’ll write Peter out’ or if I say ‘look I’ve had sufficient’ I feel that is the story we would should do the place he simply principally drinks himself to dying,” Chris informed us beforehand.

“I do not assume it will be a really good storyline however I feel it will be good.

“I do not assume it has been performed in something however over two years for this man to simply … one thing tragic occurs, actually tragic and he is already fell off the wagon twice, massive, the place he is practically died.

He hit all-time low earlier this 12 months

“They at all times say there’s solely three and he isn’t obtained one other one in him to recuperate from it and if the harm is dangerous sufficient he would simply drink himself into oblivion.”

In a 2010 interview Chris stated about his experiences with alcohol: “I’ve sort of been there myself – after I was youthful I did used to drink an terrible lot. I feel you get seduced by it once you’re a younger actor.

“You’re surrounded by a consuming tradition and it is nearly a romantic factor. Everywhere you go it is there.

“I nonetheless like an evening out, but it surely had gone previous that to a pointless place the place I used to be trying at all times to hunt oblivion in it. You come residence and also you’re hung over and also you get drinker’s guilt.

Peter was uncovered as a bigamist in 2003

“You really feel depressed and unwell and marvel what you’ve got stated to folks.

“Then you vow by no means to do it once more, till it will get to opening time and then you definately assume you may have a drink and people emotions cease.

“It went on for a superb 10 years, however after some time I realised I used to be consuming for causes that have been now not social. It was now not purely about having a superb time.

“I used to be by no means an alcoholic, however numerous us have issues with alcohol – something that impacts your life or your judgement is an issue.”

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Chris has gone ‘full technique” for his present storyline by drastically reducing weight in actual life to painting Peter’s deterioration from alcoholism.

Corrie has been in discussions with docs and nutritionists for the storyline.

Corrie boss Ian MacLeod stated initially of the 12 months: “Peter is clearly a really self damaging character, and I feel his self destruction will likely be taken to new depths with this chapter of his habit story.

“And having been talking to Chris Gascoyne who performs Peter, he’s very eager to go full technique actor and actually immerse himself in Peter’s bodily deterioration this time.

“We’re having discussions with docs and nutritionists about how we are able to finest signify Peter’s present fall from grace and make it as visually surprising and sensible as attainable.

“So we’re actually going to city with this. Peter’s been informed many occasions that ‘your subsequent drink may kill you.’

“And we felt that truly, it’s time we needed to type of make good on that to a level and go proper to the tip with what would occur to Peter and his physique now, if he hit the bottle once more.”

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