Coronation Street spoiler! David Neilson talks Roy Cropper's future

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The actor hopes that his character will change over time...

Coronation Street Hayley Cropper

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Coronation Street fans should be prepared for heartbreak next week when Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh) will find out that her cancer is inoperable and she'll have six to twelve months to live.

David Neilson, who plays her husband Roy Cropper, has said that his character has already prepared himself for the harsh reality of the couple's upcoming storyline.

Speaking to Radio Times he said, "It's always at the back of Roy's mind that Hayley will die."

"When she announces she's done a wish list of things she'd like to do, he goes along with it reluctantly. His devotion to Hayley means he will make every attempt to do whatever she wants of him - even learning to drive."

When David was asked about filming a sad storyline he said, "It's a difficult story and I don't want it to be over sentimental, I want it to be real and to show the love between Roy and Hayley."

But David knows that Roy has to keep it together during this hard time with his wife.

"Roy knows he can't come off the rails. We've already seen Roy in a state prior to this, and even though he's in a very sensitive place, I don't think he can afford to indulge himself by going into that place again. He tries to be practical and tries to do the right thing, but in doing that, he does the wrong thing."

Julie Hesmondhalgh who plays Hayley is due to leave the show in January 2014 and David spoke about how he's hoping for his character to develop once she leaves.

"Obviously, I will miss her [Julie] as we have a great working relationship. I'm intrigued to see which direction Roy will go. It's quite exciting as it gives me a chance to move Roy on and develop the character. It'll be interesting to see what new relationships will come out of this."

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