I sobbed watching Hayley's death scenes, says Corrie star

Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh has confessed she struggled to watch her character Hayley Cropper's final farewell.
 
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    Jeananne Craig
    Last updated: 15 January 2014, 14:43 GMT

    Corrie actress Julie Hesmondhalgh has admitted she struggled to watch the moment in which her character Hayley Cropper takes her own life.

    The much-loved Weatherfield resident is set to commit suicide in the face of incurable pancreatic cancer across two episodes next Monday - leaving husband Roy devastated.

    Julie, who has played transgender Hayley for 16 years, told BT.com she watched a preview of the scenes alongside her husband with "a big roll of kitchen roll and a bottle of whiskey".

    She added: "We just sort of sat and sobbed our way through it... but I felt very proud of it."

    Co-star Jennie McAlpine, who plays Hayley's friend Fiz Stape, added: "Hayley will definitely go down in history as a memorable character. She will definitely be one of the icons."

    Catch Hayley's final episodes on ITV on Monday January 20 at 7.30pm and 8.30pm.

    Jeananne Craig
    Last updated: 15 January 2014, 14:43 GMT

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