Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank) was hellbent on locating Todd Grimshaw (Gareth Pierce) in Coronation Street, but the pair came face-to-face earlier this week, and it’s safe to say that all kinds of emotions run high.
Billy became determined to track down Todd earlier this year, upon realising that the young man had gone missing.
Eileen (Sue Cleaver) soon returned to the cobbles in an effort to locate her son — something which ultimately brought Todd back into her life.
There has been drama aplenty since the young man’s return, but Billy remained none-the-wiser about his ex’s presence on the eponymous street. That is, until Monday’s double-bill (October 19) when he cames face-to-face with his ex lover!
Speaking to Metro.co.uk about the scene in question, actor Daniel Brocklebank — who plays Billy — said: It’s an absolute gem of a scene – when I read it I screamed!
‘Patti [Clare] is genius as Mary – it goes from high comedy to heavy drama in one Bam. It is perfectly Corrie – it was an absolute joy. To have Todd walking down the stairs after three years it’s like being smacked in the face.
‘It’s disbelief at first and then realisation and a mixture of emotion. From anger, pleased that he’s not dead – it’s a complete mix. He didn’t know what to think. The scenes that follow were beautifully written and brilliantly directed. We talked at length to pinpoint all the nuances.’
In the years that have passed since Todd’s disappearance, Billy have moved on with Paul Foreman (Peter Ash), but the former’s return will seemingly make things a lot more complicated for the vicar than he’d care to admit!
Daniel continued: ‘Todd just walks back in and wants to pick up where he left off.
‘Billy does still have some feelings for him as there was never any closure, he was never able to get over him fully, there was a gaping hole in his world. He is the love of his life, you don’t just get over that.’
‘This is not going to be a quick fix on Billy’s part. Who will he do the right thing for? He is not being entirely selfless, he has to think about his own wants and needs.
‘Paul’s issues are not of his own causing but his healing is – he is in control of that. There doesn’t seem to be much movement on that to just get over that. That does develop and Todd does actually play a part in that – Todd doesn’t dislike Paul.
‘When you’re too close like Billy, you can’t see things like that. But Todd sees ways to help Paul.’
Coronation Street continues Wednesday October 21 at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on ITV.
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