Coronation Street’s Richard Hawley arrives for a day of filming in a flat cap and black coat … after charity criticized his character’s ‘unrealistic’ MS storyline
Coronation Street star Richard Hawley arrived at MediaCity in Manchester on Wednesday after a charity criticized his character’s multiple sclerosis storyline.
Wrapped in a black coat paired with jeans, sneakers and a sleek flat cap, the 66-year-old actor kept the cold at bay as he prepared for a day of filming on the iconic set.
Listening to music through a pair of white headphones, Richard – who plays Johnny Connor – gave photographers a smile, despite his character being criticized last week.
Casual: Richard Hawley, 66, made a low-key figure when he arrived at Manchester’s MediaCity on Wednesday
One of Johnny’s recent plots has come under scrutiny after writers linked the character’s Charles Bonnet syndrome and multiple sclerosis diagnoses.
Last week, showrunners linked Johnny’s TBEN to his multiple sclerosis, although the latter rarely leads to the first.
Ed Holloway of the Multiple Sclerosis Society said of the plot: “ We have been providing detailed information about MS to researchers in the program since Johnny Connor first developed MS in 2017.
“ When asked for our advice on Charles Bonnet syndrome, we said that it was very unlikely that anyone would develop the disease.
“ We wrote to the show to express our concerns. ”
Cold: Wrapped in a black coat paired with jeans, sneakers and a sleek flat cap, the actor kept the cold at bay as she prepared for a day of filming on the set of Coronation Street
Optimistic: Listening to music through a pair of white headphones, Richard – who is best known for playing the role of Corrie’s Johnny Connor – brought a smile to photographers
In February, Richard himself opened up about Johnny’s diagnosis of TBEN after his character hallucinated.
“ Once you have a diagnosis of Charles Bonnet Syndrome, things can get better just because you know what it is, ” the actor told Digital Spy.
“What is happening is that your brain is creating images because it is not getting enough information due to reduced eyesight.
He added: “ There is no sense of accompaniment for anything else. It’s just a hallucination, it can be unpleasant or it can be pleasant or both.
Candid: In February, Richard (pictured on Corrie’s set in 2018) opened up about Johnny’s TBEN diagnosis himself after his character hallucinated