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'Coronation Street's Chris Gascoyne praises Alex Bain's performances

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Coronation Street's Chris Gascoyne has praised Alex Bain's performances as Simon during his emotional scenes on the soap.

The 44-year-old, whose character Peter Barlow is Simon's father, said that the young actor "coped really well" with such a "heartbreaking" storyline.

Peter Barlow from Coronation Street

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Peter and Carla return to the flat where they are shocked to find Simon on the softa, unconscious with a bottle of wine in his arm

© ITV



Simon has been at the centre of an angry custody battle between his dad and stepmother Leanne, who Peter left for Carla last year.

Gascoyne told MSN: "It's hard for him to [cry]. He has coped with it really well and we try to make it a bit of fun.

"The story is hard because it happens to so many people and it affects you and it's heartbreaking to even play it out. He has done great and it's not been an easy storyline for him, or any of us. It's a tough thing to portray."

The 9-year-old's troubles come to a head next Monday when he is found unconscious next to a bottle of wine.

It was recently announced that Gascoyne, along with Alison King who plays Carla, will take a four-month break from the Weatherfield soap. Their exits are set to coincide with the end of Simon's custody fight in July. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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