Coronation Street star Chris Fountain has admitted that his character Tommy Duckworth will be "gutted" when girlfriend Tina McIntyre discovers she is pregnant.
Tina recently decided to go ahead with plans to have a baby for Gary Windass and Izzy Armstrong, and next week's episodes see the surrogacy plan finally come together as Tina gets a positive pregnancy test result.
While Tina (Michelle Keegan) and the extended Windass-Armstrong clan are delighted by the news, Tommy still struggles to adjust to the difficult situation.
Fountain told itv.com of the story development: "Tommy is gutted - he's begrudgingly present with everyone involved when Tina takes the test and reveals the positive reading. I think he is well within his rights to be gutted, as he now faces the prospect of his girlfriend for the next nine months carrying a baby for someone else.
"It is going to have a huge impact on Tommy and Tina's life. Apart from the money, Tommy and Tina will have nothing to show for it and the sight of Gary and Izzy hugging at the news of the positive test result really makes him feel downbeat.
"He had wanted his own child with Tina at some point, and now her first pregnancy will be for someone else."
While viewers can expect more drama for Tommy and Tina's relationship, Fountain said that he wants the pair to defy the odds and have a happy ending.
He added: "It would be incredibly sad if they split up over this, as they have never had the chance to have some fun as a couple. They had not been together long when Tommy's dad Terry Duckworth turned up and set the ball rolling for the horrendous situation they now find themselves in.
"They have never had the chance to be carefree and happy together. I don't know how this storyline will play out, but I would love true love to prevail in the end and them to come through as a couple together."
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