Since 1989, fans of Coronation Street have watched Simon Gregson portray Steve McDonald on the cobbles.
Simon Gregson, a character on Coronation Street, debuted on Weatherfield at the age of fifteen in the late 1980s. Even though the early years of his fame weren’t easy, he has been involved in a variety of storylines over the years.
Denish Welch, a panelist on Thursday’s episode of Loose Women, emphasized how different fame is now from when he originally appeared on the show. He nodded in agreement and said, “There weren’t many famous people hanging around in Manchester in the early 1990s.”
“Unless you were a football player or the music scene was really taking off at that point in time. People didn’t know how to react well when they saw someone they recognized from television because it was a bit of a shock.
Co-star Sue Cleaver brought up the 49-year-old’s comments as he was about to brush them off, recalling how some had tried to humiliate him over certain plots. Simon retorted, “That was startling!
“I was beaten up a lot; the first ten years were horrifying. I was in the hospital with my head wrapped in a baseball bat.
His disclosure startled the panel when Coleen Nolan brought up the fact that some viewers actually think the show’s characters are real.
Simon went on, “Oh my goodness! Alan Bradley is among the most well-known; after leaving stage one of the old studios, he was attacked by an elderly woman holding an umbrella!
The actor revealed that his former coworker had been harassed because of his storyline about Rita Sullivan, a resident of Weatherfield, played by Barbara Knox.
Simon continued, mentioning how engrossed some viewers can become: “It was bizarre, it was shocking.”
The soap star has been a part of several intense plots on the show over his more than three decades on the cobbles.
The 49-year-old said he liked the storylines he had ever filmed in the taxi office when asked about his favorite storylines.
“Especially when Craig (who played Lloyd Mullaney) was in,” he remarked, “because the more goofy you were in those days, the more they liked it.”
“I guess that specific period, which was me, Sue, and Craig, we got away with murder.”
Sue did, however, mention that the coming-out story for Todd Grimshaw (Gareth Pierce) was one of her favorite stories that she had worked on.
“I’m really proud to have been a part of that storyline,” she continued, “because it had such an impact on young gay men.”