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Hebden surprised by Corrie fanbase

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Hebden surprised by Corrie fanbase
Coronation Street star Malcolm Hebden has admitted that he is surprised by the popularity of his alter-ego Norris Cole.

The 69-year-old actor made his debut in the role in 1994 - and the busybody shopkeeper has since become one of Weatherfield's most recognisable characters.

On how he copes with fame, Hebden told the Blackpool Citizen: "I am a private person. I live alone and I quite like it like that. I don't hide away though, and I've been filmed shopping in Sainsbury's on someone's mobile phone once - it was on YouTube.

"You do have to be careful though. I don't go out clubbing at night. For one thing I'm too old, but I don't anyway because when people have had a few drinks their attitude can be slightly different."

He added: "Norris is a very popular character in general though, and he's also very popular with children, which surprises me. I would have thought he'd get on our nerves, but he doesn't."

Norris's current plot sees him constantly clashing with his estranged half-brother Ramsay Clegg (Andrew Sachs), who arrived on the street earlier this month.

"The storyline is starting very slowly and at the moment I'm just being very vile to him, and I remain so until much later on when the true story comes out," Hebden confirmed. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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