You Ask… Ryan Prescott (Ryan)

Cor­rie’s Ryan Con­nor ...faces your ques­tions!

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Ryan Con­nor tends to act first and think later – but the same can’t be said for star Ryan, who an­swers your queries with calm con­sid­er­a­tion…

“What was your first day on the Corona­tion Street set like?”

Well, it wasn’t on set, it was ac­tu­ally on lo­ca­tion. Ryan had had a dirty one-night stand, so I was mostly nude through­out it, which was strange. You can’t be shy in this gig! My first day in the stu­dios was with Kym Marsh [aka Michelle] and she was very wel­com­ing. Start­ing this new job was fan­tas­tic for me.

“When you won the role of Ryan, did you watch back any scenes of the pre­vi­ous ac­tors who played him?”

Yeah, def­i­nitely – I did some re­search! I wanted to re­call what had hap­pened to Ryan in the past. Him com­ing back meant all those pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ships were re­opened, and it be­came easy to see why he ran away to Ibiza.

“Who would you say is your best friend in the Cor­rie cast?”

Every­one’s so lovely – I can lit­er­ally sit down with any­one and talk to them for an hour. It re­ally is one of those places! But I hit it off with Harry Visi­noni, who plays Seb. He’s ac­tu­ally quite a bit younger than me, yet I think he’s an old soul. I get along very well with James Bur­rows [aka Dr Ali], too. That’s good be­cause we ob­vi­ously work to­gether a lot, and the fact we have a solid friend­ship al­lows us to push each other a bit more and get cre­ative. We’ve built a trust be­tween us, and it’s more fun to play – it brings an el­e­ment of re­al­ity to Ryan and Ali’s re­la­tion­ship.

“What’s it like hav­ing Kym Marsh as your on-screen mother?”

She’s just so funny – we al­ways have fun! She was re­ally gig­gling away to­day. When you’re in 12 hours a day, you have to break up all those pro­fes­sional mo­ments with re­lax­ation, hu­mour and be­ing so­cia­ble – a bit of ban­ter and a joke. Peo­ple at Cor­rie re­ally do make it en­joy­able, and Kym is no ex­cep­tion. It has to be Ryan’s mum – she’s in charge! To be in­side the mind of

Kym would def­i­nitely be a good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It would be re­ally in­ter­est­ing to step into Michelle’s shoes.

“Is it true that you au­di­tioned for other Cor­rie char­ac­ters in the past?”

Yeah, I’ve been up for quite a few roles! There was Billy’s brother,

Lee. I re­mem­ber I sat with Dan [Brock­le­bank, who plays Billy], we did a great scene and I was gut­ted when I didn’t get the part. And the au­di­tion I had just be­fore Ryan was for Ali! The show told me, “Look, we’re go­ing an­other way with Ali, but we re­ally like you and we have some ideas, so hang on”. As an un­em­ployed ac­tor, you have to carry on au­di­tion­ing – but four months later, I got a phone call. And it worked out right. I love the part of Ryan – he’s cheeky and has this bois­ter­ous con­fi­dence, but ac­tu­ally it’s all to mask these in­se­cu­ri­ties and anx­i­ety.

“Is there any­one at Cor­rie who you’d like to work with more?”

I’d love to have more scenes with Chris Gas­coyne [Peter]. I con­nected with him when I first started and we chat­ted a lot about act­ing – I re­ally re­spect and ad­mire him. Richard Haw­ley [aka Johnny] as well – we like to talk shop quite a bit. Plus, Alan Hal­sall, who plays Ty­rone. Every­one is so tal­ented.

“Ryan is be­com­ing closer to Bethany – would you like them to get to­gether?”

Yeah, I think for Ryan there’s an at­trac­tion there where he sees some­one who is small, pretty, and has that in­no­cence.

Yet at the same time, she’s been to hell and back and has a sense of ma­tu­rity after deal­ing with some­thing so in­tense. Ryan is go­ing to try to stick it out, but I’m not sure if he’s get­ting very far. We’ll have to wait and see! I love work­ing with Lucy Fal­lon [Bethany], though – she’s so fun and we have lots of laughs.

“How did you feel when you were nom­i­nated for Best Vil­lain at this year’s Bri­tish Soap Awards [for his role as Liam Slade in Doc­tors]?”

I felt very hon­oured – I’d been in the show be­fore as Liam in 2013, and then he was brought back again for a few episodes years later. I was shocked to be nom­i­nated – when I got the mes­sage telling me the news, I replied, “I think I might’ve re­ceived the wrong email!”

Grin and bear it: Ryan’s first scenes fea­tured him in a state of un­dress

Brotherly love: Ryan loves film­ing with James Bur­rows (Ali)

Wel­come to the fold: Bethany has dug deep to find the sen­si­tive guy be­neath the bravado

Marsh farce: Kym leaves Ryan in hys­ter­ics

Billy-no-mates: Ryan au­di­tioned for the part of the vicar’s sib­ling Lee

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