Coronation Street behind the scenes – prosthetic babies to cast in tears

While Coronation Street is known for bringing heated love scenes and shocking storylines to the town of Weatherfield, the ITV drama is also jam packed with soap secrets and behind the scenes surprises from the show’s set.

Throughout its 62-year history, viewers have watched hundreds of characters walk the famous cobbles, drink a pint at the Rovers Return and nosh on a fry up from Roy’s Rolls.

But what takes place behind the cameras?

From prosthetic babies to fake booze, some of the show’s biggest stars are spilling the beans on the show’s most surprising secrets from behind the cameras…

Prosthetics

Corrie fans may remember being introduced to Sinead Tinker and Daniel Osbourne's son during dramatic scenes when the baby boy was born prematurely.

Actor Rob Mallard has since opened out about using a prosthetic doll during filming and revealed some surprising facts about the process with fans.

"There’s a hand pump at the back," Rob told What's On TV. "We'd be stood crouching over the incubator, looking lovingly down at this jelly baby, and there'd be a district nurse crouching down by my knees, slowly pumping this thing so its stomach rises.

"When it comes to the acting, as long as you trick yourself into believing it's real, you don’t have to think about it. But one of the downsides to being busy is that you get burnout, and your brain will go, 'This isn’t real; I don’t need to worry about this'."

He continued: "The difficult thing with an inanimate object is that with another actor you have eyes to look into. Whereas with this, you don’t get anything back."

The 26-year-old actor also admitted that he was looking forward to working with a real baby on screen, when Daniel and Sinead's child got a little older.

Rovers booze secrets

Actor Anthony Cotton has given fans and insight into some of the secrets of the Rovers Return in a tell-all with the Loose Women ladies.

While sat in the ITV soap's pub, the actor – who plays Sean Tully on the show – told the panel what the alcoholic beverages are really made of.

Antony said: "The pumps we use are real, and you can pour beer out of them, but the beer isn't real beer.

"It's a mixture of, like, shandy bass and non-alcoholic lager, and they decant it into a beer barrel."

Antony added how "disgusting" the beer is, and confessed he made sure his character Sean wasn't a fan of lager, so he never has to drink it when filming a scene!

He confessed: "It is disgusting. The best decision I ever made was in my first scene in the Rovers. The script said, 'Sean is drinking a pint,' and I was like, 'Oh no he's not'."

Tears on set

Corrie’s Catherine Tyldesley revealed back in 2018 that she broke down in tears on set while filming "tough" scenes after Aidan's suicide

The actress, who played Eva Price from 2011 to 2018, told fans that she was so upset by the shocking storyline that she was overcome with genuine emotion while the cameras were rolling.

Aidan, played by former pop star Shayne Ward, took his own life in a harrowing plot after a secret battle with depression.

Catherine told the Sunday Mirror: "The scenes asked for Eva to cry, but I didn’t have to try.

"I replayed all the scenes we had ever played together in my head, all the wedding scenes, the lovely moments between Eva and Aidan and the tears just flowed.

"I enjoyed working with Shayne so much and I had all those memories to draw on."

Since filming, Catherine has also bravely spoken out about her own connection to suicide, in a bid to get men talking more openly about their mental health.

Catherine told the Mirror: "I know several people who have been lost to suicide and I think most people have had experience of the tragedy of someone taking their own life.

"That's why I am 100% behind this storyline."

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