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Ben Price promises 'edgier' Nick Tilsley

By and Kris Green
Ben Price promises 'edgier' Nick Tilsley
Coronation Street newcomer Ben Price has promised that Nick Tilsley will be a changed man when he returns to the soap next week.

The former Footballers' Wives actor, who has taken over from Adam Rickitt in the role, revealed that viewers can expect to see an edgier and more confident incarnation of Nick over the coming months.

Speaking in an interview with DS, Price confirmed that he was pleased to be given the opportunity to "do something different" with the character, who will be seen clashing with half-brother David (Jack P. Shepherd) shortly after making his Weatherfield comeback.

He continued: "Nick's got to be a bit harder now. He's got to start running the Street and looking after his mum and start to get David into place, so I think it's good that they went with someone else."

Discussing Nick's personality development further, the 37-year-old commented: "If I just came back [and it was like], 'Hi Nick!' 'Hi Nicky!' [as if he'd never left, it'd be strange]. There's a bit in the story where David calls me Nicky and I shove him up against the wall and say, 'That's finished, I'm not Nicky now'. Nick's gone away, he's made his money, he's been away for a long time, he's richer and he's lived a bit - he's come out of the Street and he's lived."

Price also said that while Nick's reintroduction could prove jarring at first, he hoped viewers would grow to accept the transformation in his attitudes.

He explained: "They'll probably say he's nothing like [the old one], but it happens with Doctor Who, doesn't it?! People change in Doctor Who and initially people go, 'Oh, he's a bit different'. I'm not playing Adam Rickitt - I'm playing Nick and Nick's moved on [with his life]. It's been five years and you move a lot over that time.

"I'm sure people will think he's not like 'the other Nick', but hopefully they'll think I'm bringing something better, nicer or a bit different to the show. If I'm good enough, they'll go with it, but I can't worry about it too much."

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