PERHAPS it’s just the dark character he portrays on screen, but Sean Gallagher has never looked that comfortable in Coronation Street.
The actor, who plays factory boss Paul Connor, was the final member of the family to arrive on screen last September.
And it wasn’t long before we learned that Paul and wife Carla lived in an apartment decorated with absolutely no regard for migraine sufferers.
So it wasn’t entirely unexpected when the former Linda Green star announced he was quitting.
We all know there’s never any escape from the Court of Soap Justice.
It was revealed earlier this year that Paul was driving when sister Michelle’s husband Dean was killed in a drunken car smash.
It was Paul who decided to place Dean’s body behind the wheel, in order to avoid a prison sentence.
The older of the two Connor brothers also orchestrated a cover up over the death of Polish factory worker Kasia.
Soap justice arrives on Monday June 4, when Paul is killed off after his car is hit by a skip lorry.
Just to complicate matters, the accident happens after the crazed Connor has bundled prostitute Leanne Battersby into the boot.
Final sentence is pronounced two nights later, when Paul dies in hospital.
Luton-based Sean is a fine actor, but his character never quite fitted in down Weatherfield way.
If events had taken a different turn, we might have seen him in a role far removed from sharp suits and Mercedes.
He was originally given the part of Frank Gallagher in Shameless.
But scenes filmed at a reported cost of £100,000 were scrapped after it was decided he looked too young on screen.
David Threlfall was then cast in the role – and went on to become a Chatsworth estate legend.
There’s a story with pics about Paul’s demise in today’s MEN, along with a report about Soapstar Superstar being axed.
Fans of the celebrity singing contest needn’t worry. It’s simply being axed from next year’s TV schedules and will almost certainly return.
One of the main problems facing a January 2008 series was a shrinking pool of soap singing talent.
Many of the likely candidates have already been used in the first two series.
But by 2009, the hope is that the passage of time will result in the arrival of new faces ready to do battle in the live Manchester show.
A spokeswoman for the show told me this morning: “We had two good series of Soapstar Superstar and both were very successful.
“We just felt it needed a rest – it’s not that it’s not coming back.”
*Don’t forget it’s The British Soap Awards tomorrow, with a recording screened on ITV1 next Wednesday.
I’ve voted for Corrie here. Now it’s your turn.
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