Will Mellor said that 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 “happy” to see him in the iconic soap opera, Will, 45, added that he viewed acting as “a good plus point” after such a devastating loss.
The Two Pints Of Lager actor plays drug lord Harvey Gaskell in the soap opera and although he was only cast as a character in February, he caused a sensation in Weatherfield.
Candid: Will Mellor said landing a role on Coronation Street after the death of his beloved father in April 2020 “came at the right time”
Will told the Mirror: “I had a hard time losing my father. Doing Corrie was a lift for the family and a boost for my mom – it was really tough for her. She’s alone now, so it’s a good distraction for her.
Will also revealed that he wears his late father’s ring on his pinky finger in his character.
This is the one I bought him years ago. I put it in character and it works – we have it with me on my pinky in character. ‘
Last year, Will shared an emotional video with fans revealing his father died after being rushed to hospital in March, but later clarified that his death was not the result of COVID -19.
Proud: Noting that his father would have been “happy” to see him in the iconic soap opera, Will added that he sees acting as “a good bright spot” after such a devastating loss
Revealing that he had turned to alcohol following Bill’s death, Will told New! Magazine from last year: “It was really difficult. It has been the most difficult year. My dad passed away in April, so I was struggling with a lot of things.
“I probably drank more than I ate. I was going through confinement with wine and beer, then realized it wasn’t a good idea, so I started to get in shape.
Will then lost his uncle Barry before Christmas, followed by his uncle George and his aunt Pat, who died within days of each other.
George and Pat sadly died from the same type of brain cancer that killed Will’s father.
Honest: Revealing that he turned to alcohol following Bill’s death, Will told New! Magazine from last year: “I probably drank more than I ate” (photo with mom and dad)
In March, Will admitted he was “terrified” by the temper of his late father Bill as he reflected on their difficult relationship.
The soap opera star frankly discussed his upbringing with his father and told how, despite his father’s love for 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 saying, “The way he disciplined me when I was a kid, I wouldn’t do the same to his own kids.” that to my son. “
The actor was speaking on the Sixteen Summers podcast, which posed the question, “If you had to choose between your childhood and the one you give your children, which would you choose?” “
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 action, he struggled.
He added: “His father was horrible. So, as I see it, it was an improvement. I knew his faults weren’t his fault. And he loved us. He didn’t really know how to show it most of the time; he’s never really hugged us so much.
“If he gave me a chance at something he would come up and apologize at the end of the night and I could sleep after that.” “
Will shares his son Jayden, 17, and daughter Renee, 13, with his wife Michelle.
Father: Will has two children and shares son Jayden, 17, and daughter Renee, 13, with wife Michelle