CORONATION Street’s Geoff Metcalfe actor has admitted that he’s struggled to watch back “very cruel and unpleasant” abuse scenes with Yasmeen Nazir.
Ian Bartholomew, who has played the evil villain in the popular ITV soap since 2018, opened up about his ongoing storyline with Shelley King, 65 and how it has taken its toll on him.
During a chat on on Loose Women yesterday, the 66-year-old star confessed that the harrowing storyline has “not been easy” to act out.
He explained: “Over the last two years, the story has been a very, very slow burn – which in soap terms is very unusual – and I realise that…through Geoff’s eyes, seeing Yasmeen crumble in front of him is very different to Ian as the actor watching Shelley, who’s playing the character, crumble in front of him.
“Actually watching it in front of me for the last two years, it’s not just getting your mindset as the actor into Geoff, who enjoys what he’s doing.”
Ian, who has also starred in BBC’s Casualty and ITV’s Heartbeat, added: “[Geoff is] plainly a very cruel and unpleasant man. [But] as the actor, myself, watching it has been quite difficult.”
The hospital DJ started to become increasingly abusive towards Yasmeen back in 2018 and over the years viewers have been left in tears over his actions towards the co-owner of Speed Daal.
He’s done a number of bad things to his partner which include sleeping with a number of prostitutes behind her back. He then got Chlamydia off one of the women and gave it to her.
Geoff has also stolen money from his other half and put it towards his son Tim’s wedding, burnt all of her clothes and made up lies about her drinking habits bu making out that she’s an alcoholic.
It hit an all time low when Yasmeen stabbed him in the neck with a bottle after an argument, which has left her in prison for attempted murder.
Ian recently spoke out about the scenes that have been filmed for the upcoming court case to see if Yasmeen will be sent down for trying to kill him.
He revealed: “At the moment we’re doing the aftermath [of the trial].
“Quite a lot of it is set at night, so we’re scrabbling around in the dark – and hopefully not too much in the rain!
“It’s great. It’s good stuff. It’s very dark, dramatic and exciting.”
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