Coronation Street behind-the-scenes secrets – prosthetic babies for casting in tears


While Coronation Street is known for bringing heated love scenes and shocking storylines to the town of Weatherfield, the ITV drama is also jam packed with soap secrets and behind the scenes surprises from the show’s set.

Throughout its 62-year history, viewers have watched hundreds of characters walk the famous cobbles, drink a pint at the Rovers Return and nosh on a fry up from Roy’s Rolls.

But what happens behind the scenes?

From prosthetic babies to fake booze, some of the show’s biggest stars are spilling the beans on the show’s most surprising secrets from behind the cameras…


Actor Rob Mallard has since opened out about using a prosthetic doll during filming
Rob Mallard, an actor, recently spoke out about how he used a prosthetic doll to film scenes

Corrie fans may recall being introduced to Sinead and Daniel Osbourne’s son during the dramatic scenes that took place when the baby boy was prematurely born.

Rob Mallard, actor, has shared some interesting facts with his fans about how he used a prosthetic doll to film scenes.

“There’s a hand pump at the back,”Rob shared his thoughts with What’s On TV. “We’d be sitting crouching on top of the incubator and looking lovingly at this jelly-bearing baby. Then, there would be a nurse standing by my knees slowly pumping its stomach so it rises.

The 26-year-old actor also admitted that he's looking forward to working with a real baby on screen, when Daniel and Sinead's child gets a little older
Actor Daniel, 26, also said that he is looking forward to working on screen with a real baby when Sinead and Daniel’s child grows up.

“When it comes to the acting, as long as you trick yourself into believing it’s real, you don’t have to think about it. But one of the downsides to being busy is that you get burnout, and your brain will go, ‘This isn’t real; I don’t need to worry about this’.”

He continued: “The difficult thing with an inanimate object is that with another actor you have eyes to look into. Whereas with this, you don’t get anything back.”

The actor, 26, also stated that he would love to work with a real baby screen when Sinead and Daniel had their child.

Rovers have the best booze secrets

Anthony told the Loose Women panel what the alcoholic beverages are really made of
Anthony explained to the Loose Women panel the real ingredients of alcoholic beverages

Anthony Cotton, actor, has shared some secrets about the Rovers Return with his fans in a tell-all interview with the Loose Women women.

While sat in the ITV soap’s pub, the actor – who plays Sean Tully on the show – told the panel what the alcoholic beverages are really made of.

Antony said that although the pumps are real and you can pour beer from them, it isn’t beer.

Antony added how "disgusting" the beer is
Antony added how “disgusting”Beer is

“It’s a mixture of, like, shandy bass and non-alcoholic lager, and they decant it into a beer barrel.”

Antony added how “disgusting”The beer is. He confessed that Sean was not a fan of lager and that he would never have to drink it during filming.

He confessed: “It is disgusting. The best decision I ever made was in my first scene in the Rovers. The script said, ‘Sean is drinking a pint,’ and I was like, ‘Oh no he’s not’.”

Tears on the set

The actress played Eva Price from 2011 to 2018
The actress played Eva Price between 2011 and 2018.

Corrie’s Catherine Tyldesley revealed back in 2018 that she broke down in tears on set while filming “tough”Scenes following Aidan’s suicide

The actress who played Eva Price in 2011-2018 told fans she was so shocked by the storyline, she felt genuine emotion as the cameras were rolling.

Aidan, played in the role of Shayne Ward was a former pop star. He took his own life after a secret battle against depression.

Since filming, Catherine has also bravely spoken out about her own connection to suicide
Catherine bravely opened up about her connection to suicide since filming.

The Sunday Mirror interviewed Catherine: “The scenes asked for Eva to cry, but I didn’t have to try.

“I replayed all of the scenes that we had played together, including all the wedding scenes. And the tears just flowed.

“I enjoyed working with Shayne so much and I had all those memories to draw on.”

Catherine bravely spoke out about her suicide connection during filming in an effort to encourage men to talk more about their mental health.

Catherine shared this with the Mirror “I know several people who have been lost to suicide and I think most people have had experience of the tragedy of someone taking their own life.

“This is why I stand 100% behind the storyline.”

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