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Corrie Roy Cropper set for Nina attack revenge and he’s ‘capable of anything’

Roy Cropper has been a Coronation Street staple for 26 years, starring in more than 2,300 episodes across his lustrous career.

He is known for his sweet disposition and caring nature, but he will be pushed to the brink as his beloved niece Nina Lucas (Mollie Gallagher) and her boyfriend Seb (Harry Visinoni) were brutally attacked by a gang.

Both of them were left fighting for their lives, and things took a tragic turn as Seb lost his life, leaving his mum Abi Franklin devastated.

Talking about what will come next after the unprovoked attack, David hinted that he could be out for revenge on Nina's attackers.

David suggested Roy is "capable of anything" – even revenge – on Nina’s behalf.

"Roy is the rational person that he is, the person living by this moral code," he explained. "He would believe in rationality and that the system would take care of it. But if something happens to me and mine, it’s like all of us really, I think he’s capable of anything.

"I think he could be quite dangerous. I remember him attacking Gary Mallett with a baseball bat. So if something happens to Nina, that would be that, because he’s human. But it’s not the way forward for society," he added.

David also revealed that Nina wants to blend into the background more after the attack – and the first thing to change is how she looks.

"She’s going to become more like [Roy] – beige," he said. "Because they do contrast. And she’s conforming. Roy avoids the crowds, and Nina’s not a part of the crowds, but suddenly she wants to dress to be invisible and to be part of the crowd. And you can see that’s damaging to her individual personality."

He elaborated that Roy has become more of a dad figure to his niece after the death of Nina’s biological dad, Roy’s brother Richard.

"He’s shunted into the situation where he inherits Nina," he chuckled. "And initially they didn’t get on, but he took her in because he has to. But sitting by her [hospital] bed, thinking about life and the possibility of her not being there, he feels a tremendous sense of loss.

"There’s more to it than duty. So he moves on in a way, to a real relationship of being a father," David said.

"When Nina’s with Seb and he’s going to stay the night and Roy thinks he’s going too far, this is what dads do. They sit down and talk to someone, ask them into the study kind of thing, as about his prospects. It’s almost like Roy’s got the manual."

And David was especially impressed by Mollie Gallagher’s portrayal of Nina.

"She’s very nuanced. She gives us a huge amount. She’s just come out of drama school and straight into a huge show, which is then isolated by Covid. So it’s not an easy thing, and then she’s given this huge story and I wondered how it was going to be working opposite her. But she is just phenomenal. She’s really doing it properly.

"And suddenly I think ‘I’d better pull my finger out here, because she’s very good’!"

Working with someone relatively new to the Street was also a slightly intimidating prospect, as Roy’s only other huge loss scene took place alongside long-time co-star Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played his late wife Hayley.

"When Julie was leaving, obviously I knew who I was doing this with. It would be a disaster if Mollie wasn’t as good as she is."

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And there are some similarities to Roy’s other loss, when Hayley died in 2014 from ingesting a lethal concoction after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

"Roy was very much a loner, and then this person came into his life who sort of turned it upside down. Hayley was a massive education for him, and as soon as he found out she was [trans] he couldn’t cope with that, but then he was diminished by not having her. He was half the person he was, and it was love.

"So when it comes to the way Nina dresses, that’s nothing compared to what he’s already experienced. He’s a past master and he’s dealt with all sorts of stuff."

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