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'Coronation Street's Will Thorp: 'Viewers relate to Chris'

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Coronation Street star Will Thorp has revealed that viewers are often concerned for his character rather than angry at him.

The actor, who plays Chris Gray in the ITV1 soap, admitted that he is surprised by the public reaction to his character's decision to exaggerate the seriousness of his brain tumour.

According to Inside Soap, Thorp said: "I've not had any bad experiences with angry viewers.

"Most of the comments I get are from builders who feel Chris is just like them - he's one of the lads as far as they're concerned."

He added: "At times Chris comes across as pure evil. His behaviour is totally disgusting - it's horrendous."

The soap star has previously confessed his shock at Chris pretending that his cancer prognosis is poor in a bid to win back his ex-partner Cheryl (Holly Quin-Ankrah).

Thorp, who is dating co-star Samia Smith, leaves the soap later this year. He has said that his character will leave with a bang. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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