Julie Hesmondhalgh, who plays Hayley Cropper, talks here about how she felt watching scenes back, how the storyline was written, that she and David Nelson (Roy) managed the scene in only one take.
One of the most talked about storylines in Coronation Street history comes to a moving conclusion next Monday when Hayley decides it is time to end her life. With her devoted husband Roy at her side Hayley prepares to bring her suffering to an end before the treatment for cancer renders her incapable of doing so. Coronation Street’s Julie Hesmondhalgh said there was “an almost holy atmosphere” during her last scene when her character Hayley Cropper killed herself in the face of incurable cancer. She filmed the scene in one take with David Neilson, who plays her on-screen husband Roy, and said she was “shocked” at how upsetting it was to watch it again. But the Samaritans charity, which advised the producers on the storyline, warned Hayley’s death from a drugs overdose could cause a risk of copycat suicides.