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Shelley King admits domestic abuse storyline "tiring to film"

Shelley King admits domestic abuse storyline
Coronation Street actress Shelley King reveals that she has found it tough to film the soap's big domestic abuse storyline.

Coronation Street actress Shelley King has admitted that she has found filming the soap's big domestic abuse storyline a "tiring" experience.

The slow-burning plot has seen Yasmeen progressively fall under the control of husband Geoff (Ian Bartholomew) and several weeks ago she reached breaking point, stabbing Geoff in the neck after he threatened to kill her with a bread knife.

The storyline has been one of Corrie's most hard-hitting plots in years and comes at an apt time, with a reported rise in domestic violence during the coronavirus lockdown.

"The past few months were tiring to film. The storyline has been going on for two years and at times it was difficult to unwind," King told The Sun. "I felt a heaviness. It was a feeling that not everything is right in the world.

"But in a strangely positive way, I am getting messages from people all the time. I've heard the most distressing stories from women and men from so many different backgrounds and cultures. One woman of 80 shared her story with me. It's not something you ever forget.

"Corrie is informing people there is help out there. It's such an important issue to tackle - that's why I love it. A lot of the messages I've been getting are from people saying, 'That's happening to me'. They're watching the storyline and are now seeking help."

Coronation Street continues Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.


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