Coronation Street actor Colson Smith described his relationship with food as “self-harming” after reaching soap stardom at the age of 11.
The 22-year-old – who plays Craig Tinker on the cobblestones – said he was called the “fat kid” of a child star.
Having since lost an impressive amount of weight and become an avid fitness enthusiast, Colson examines his past struggles in the documentary Bored Of Being The Fat Kid.
Honest: Coronation Street actor Colson Smith has described his relationship with food as “self-harming” after reaching soap stardom at the age of 11.
He told The Sun: “When I was 11, I had a Twitter account. You log in, search for your name, search for “Craig Corrie” and you’re looking to see what people are saying about your character or acting, and everything they are saying is about your weight and how you look.
“I was just considered the fat kid from day one. Even at school, I’ve always been the fat kid, I’ve always been the strangest.
He grew up on the ITV soap opera and, at 17, moved to his home in Manchester, away from his family.
That’s when he let his relationship with food get the better of him, he says.
Transformed: After losing an impressive amount of weight and becoming a fitness enthusiast, Colson examines his past struggles in the documentary Bored Of Being The Fat Kid [pictured, L, in 2018, and, R, in 2020]
“I sit on Deliveroo every night. I put myself in a really unhealthy position. The food was self-injuring for me like that, it was my comfort, and I didn’t realize how much damage I was doing myself with it, ”he added. “I had a very bad relationship with food. It was negative, it was bingey. It was probably a disorder, you know, it was self-harm.
His documentary was shot over 18 months – and examines how he must have verified with those of Corrie that he was allowed to drastically change his appearance.
He went ahead and charted the lockdown course with co-star Ben Price, who plays Nick Tilsley on the soap opera. Ben – who is also Colson’s roommate – will interview him.
For starters: The 22-year-old – who plays Craig Tinker on the cobblestones – said he was called a “fat kid” as a child star
Tim Royle – one of Corrie’s directors – led the project. The documentary will also follow Colson as he develops a love for running.
He insisted, ahead of the release next month, that the purpose of the project is not to preach or advocate a certain diet or exercise regimen.
Instead, Colson hopes to demonstrate that losing weight is important for self-worth, rather than numbers on a scale or aesthetic.
Last year, Colson opened up about how his astounding weight loss would cause continuity issues on Coronation Street during filming.
Blocking that he had lost 10 stones in a few months, filming was interrupted, he joked that he should wear a big costume for his scenes.
The star’s character, Craig, had tried to cut down on the ITV soap opera, and Colson admitted that the fitness plot was his idea and that he kept it going during the coronavirus lockdown.
Goals: Colson hopes to demonstrate that losing weight is important for self-worth, rather than numbers on a scale or an aesthetic
He said on Good Morning Britain last year: ‘When you go up and suggest a scenario where your character transforms a bit, the only thing in the back of my head is,’ Oh, I have to do it as well ‘ .
“Although we don’t see the street at the moment, I continued Craig Tinker’s fitness journey behind closed doors.
“So when we get back we’ll be ready to see what Craig has done. “
Bored Of Being The Fat Kid is slated for release June 2 on Colson’s YouTube channel.
Athletic: The documentary will also follow Colson as he develops a love for running