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come into her own play­ing Michelle and gets a lot worse for her be­fore it gets bet­ter.

“What­ever hap­pens to Michelle in fu­ture Will will not be meet­ing her again.”

Leon’s ul­tra charm­ing char­ac­ter Will ar­rived on the ITV1 soap last year when his ex Michelle was hired as his wed­ding plan­ner.

Events took a steamy turn when mar­ried woman Michelle found her­self fall­ing for Will again and the pair al­most spent the night to­gether.

But re­al­is­ing that she didn’t want to cheat on her hus­band Steve McDon­ald, she fled from his swanky pad.

Since re­turn­ing to Weather­field and dis­cov­er­ing that Michelle is now with Robert, Will has re­vealed a darker side to his char­ac­ter and Leon says he pre­pared for the scenes with some point­ers from a foren­sic psy­chol­o­gist.

He said: “A par­ent at my daugh­ter’s school is a foren­sic psy­chol­o­gist and as soon as I found out about this I went to speak to him and he pointed me in the right di­rec­tion.

“The type of stalker Will is is the most dan­ger­ous type.

“He’s an ex in­ti­mate stalker and be­cause of a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship they feel they have more of a claim over this per­son.”

Af­ter com­plet­ing his fi­nal scenes on Cor­rie, Leon has grown pe­riod side­burns to play a wom­an­is­ing spouse in the tour­ing pro­duc­tion of How The Other Half Loves, Alan Ay­ck­bourn’s tale of mat­ri­mo­nial mishaps.

The play, co-star­ring for­mer EastEn­ders ac­tress Char­lie Brooks and Four Wed­dings and a Funeral’s Sara Crowe, ends its run at the Lowry The­atre tonight.

Leon, whose ac­tress wife Vanessa He­hir is from Manch­ester, said: “The show is hi­lar­i­ous and great satire and it has a great cast.

“To be hon­est I thought ‘have I got here by ac­ci­dent?’ They are all ab­so­lutely bril­liant.”

To book tick­ets visit th­elowry.com

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