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Coronation Street's David Neilson: 'Roy feels confused, betrayed'

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Coronation Street star David Neilson has spoken about Roy Cropper's struggle with Hayley's decision to take her own life.

The actor said that Roy feels "confused" and "betrayed" by his wife after she finally puts an end to her battle with cancer.

The Croppers shortly before Hayley's death

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Roy (David Neilson) and Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh) in Coronation Street


Julie Hesmondhalgh's final scenes as Hayley will air on Monday (January 20), as she ends her life with Roy by her side. Roy must later explain what happened to Fiz (Jennie McAlpine) when she discovers the death.

Neilson said: "Roy is conflicted because he is immensely loyal to Hayley [and] he has told a lie in saying that he will support her wholeheartedly because he is not supporting her, he doesn't agree with it.

"To him, it is a very selfish act. I think Roy feels that he is absolutely on his own. He is very, very confused and conflicted that she has removed herself from their relationship, which is such a tight and unique one.

David Neilson as Roy Cropper in Coronation Street

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David Neilson as Roy Cropper in Coronation Street


"When she has died there is tremendous grief, which displays itself in all sorts of ways. It is so sudden, to have chosen the moment that way. He kept telling her, 'You could have life tomorrow'."

The actor added: "[Roy] feels betrayed and I think he feels almost like he has fallen out of love.

"He doesn't feel guilt. He feels anger, confusion and maybe even doubts about the basis of their relationship. It makes him question everything.

Roy tells Fiz the truth about Hayley's death

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Roy tells Fiz the truth about Hayley's death


"It is a horrible thing, the cancer is a horrible thing, but the fact that she takes herself away from him before time, before she would have had to, is horrible too and something he really can't understand.

"She has planned everything. He feels used in that way. He has had no say in anything. She has organised the funeral, they are all her choices. She even planned how and when she would die and he feels like he has not been considered," Neilson said.

"Moving forwards ,we will continue to see him struggle and even take himself away from Weatherfield. He has a long way to go yet before he can move on with his own life after what she has done," Neilson explained.

The actor is nominated for Best Serial Performance at the National Television Awards, alongside Hesmondhalgh, Michelle Keegan and EastEnders star Jessie Wallace.

Coronation Street continues on Monday at 7.30pm on ITV.

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