Cor­rie’s Ben lured back with ‘fam­ily friendly’ TV deal

Daily Express - - SPECIAL REPORT ON DEVASTATION OF SEAS - By Sue Craw­ford

CORONA­TION Street star Ben Price has re­vealed that he only agreed to re­turn to the show af­ter bosses of­fered him more fam­ily friendly work­ing hours.

The ac­tor, who plays Nick Til­s­ley, quit last year af­ter find­ing it a strug­gle to jug­gle time with his chil­dren at home in Bath with his work com­mit­ments on the cob­bles 200 miles away.

But he was tempted back af­ter 18 months away when bosses of­fered him a deal which will al­low him to get home at week­ends.

Ben, 46, said: “I was com­ing home late Fri­day night, leav­ing on a Sun­day. But I now have a dif­fer­ent way of work­ing. I get a longer week­end – they make sure I get to be at home on a Fri­day or a Mon­day.

“They crush my work into busy days, but I get to do it, rather than it elon­gat­ing over time. They are aware that I have to find that bal­ance now, so it’s a re­ally dif­fer­ent work­ing week.”

Ben, who has chil­dren Paloma, 11, and Max­i­m­il­ian, nine, with his fash­ion stylist wife Alexan­dra, re­vealed he had spent most Ben Price is back as Nick Til­s­ley of the past 18 months as a full-time father. He said: “I only left to go back to my kids. It was never about me go­ing off and do­ing other things, it was only ever about me go­ing home and do­ing the school run and mak­ing sand­wiches. “So I took them to school and made packed lunches and be­came a dad and didn’t think about act­ing or Nick Til­s­ley or the Street. “I took my daugh­ter horse rid­ing and tucked my son up into bed and lis­tened to him read and I did that for a year and a half. I was a stay-at-home dad. I did some writ­ing, I did my film stuff, which was great, but I just took my kids to school. It’s pretty unglam­orous, it’s just life.” Ben joined Corona­tion Street in 2009. He fea­tured in a host of dra­matic sto­ry­lines be­fore leav­ing in April last year. Nick re­turned to Weather­field last night af­ter his screen former girl­friend Leanne Bat­tersby was se­ri­ously in­jured in a car ac­ci­dent. The hos­pi­tal called him be­cause he was still listed as her emer­gency contact. View­ers saw him sit­ting at her hos­pi­tal bed­side as she lay un­con­scious.

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