Will Mellor has been left shocked by Coronation Street fans who have approached him and asked to buy Class A drugs after failing to make a distinction between fiction and reality.
The 45-year-old actor is currently starring on the cobbles as a drug lord named Harvey Gaskell and viewers have seen him causing havoc for fellow characters Simon Barlow and Jacob Hay – played by Alex Bain and Jack James Ryan respectively.
But while Will is thrilled to be on the long-running soap, he has been left stunned by the number of people who have approached him on the streets and expect him to be as shifty in real life as he is on screen.
In particular, Will says he has been left shocked by people approaching him asking him to sell hardcore drugs to them after his character was seen being a dealer on the show.
He told The Sun on Sunday: “It was funny. I went to the local pub and someone said to me, ‘Have you got owt? Have you got owt, Harvey?’ and I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’.
“I’ve also had a few women who’ve said, ‘I hope you’re not selling drugs around here’. I’m like, ‘Stop saying that, people will overhear’.”
The star says he has also received some abuse over the villainous acts his character has carried out on Corrie.
He recalled: “People shout at me in the street, ‘Leave Simon alone, he’s only small’. I’m like, ‘It’s not real!’. But it’s all good.”
Will’s addition to Corrie was announced back in February – with the star appearing on screens from March.
Discussing his casting news at the time, he remarked: “I’m honoured to be asked to come into Coronation Street, it’s such an iconic show and has been a huge part of my family life.”
He added that when he first embarked on a career as an actor, his mum was hopeful he would one day feature on the iconic ITV soap and said he was happy to: “finally be able to make it come true.”
Will first broke into acting as a child star with a recurring role on Children’s Ward before advancing to Hollyoaks as James ‘Jambo’ Bolton in the mid 1990s.
He later played Gaz Wilkinson in the BBC Three comedy Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps which he starred in alongside Ralf Little and Sheridan Smith.
While Will and Ralf have recently released a podcast together, the star says he hasn’t had contact with fellow Two Pints star Sheridan for years.
He said: “I saw that Friends thing the other day and I thought we could have done something like that – talk about the old days, show some clips for fans of the show – but, to be honest, some of the people I don’t speak to any more.
“I’ve not seen Sheridan or spoke to Sheridan in four years. I rang her for a while and just nothing, so I don’t know her any more. I wish her all the best, but she hasn’t called me in years.”