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Coronation Street star Antony Cotton has revealed that playing Sean Tully, the show's first openly gay character, is easy - because he just has to act like himself.

"If I was a leading Hollywood actor I'd have to make up some waffle about how there's nothing of me in the role," Cotton told The People. "But I can't be a***d - and it's not true. Sean looks like me and he sounds like me, so that's halfway there, isn't it?"

He added, "I get letters from one 79-year-old telling me I'm ace, old men who say I'm lucky to be working with the girls in the factory - they rather miss the point - and someone who blames me for Sarah Platt losing her baby when I wasn't even on the Street then!"

However, Antony has admitted that not all of the reports about him have been positive.

"Some of the gay press have been getting right on my t***," he said. "Basically, they've been accusing me of making Sean a stereotype. Stereotypes only exist because they are stereotypes - so two fingers to anyone who disagrees, I say. Anyway, Corrie is the campest show in the world.

"You've got people like Blanche Hunt, Emily Bishop and Norris Cole and there were the classic characters like Bet Lynch and Annie Walker. They're all more camp than Sean - I'm Grant Mitchell compared to them." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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