I’m A Celebrity’s Simon Gregson has revealed the shocking street abuse he received after joining the cast of Coronation Street.
Simon, 47, was only 15 when he landed the role of Steve MacDonald on the ITV1 soap, but admitted he initially “hated” the fame it brought him.
Talking to his teammates, the actor said that he was physically assaulted, spit on and abused by the audience.
Simon said: “It was hard to adjust for a while. It’s like, ‘This isn’t what I had planned for myself and I don’t like it.’
Shocked, fellow I’m a Celeb star Kadina Cox asked if she really didn’t like it.
“I hated it!” he said. “The fame side of it, I hated. It was a really negative reaction to being beaten up, spitting on it, damaging property.”
As his camp mates gasped, Simon said: “It was shocking.”
Simon was then shown speaking in the Telegraph, where he said: “I was never a fan of Limelight, but it turned out well in the end.
“I’m here in a palace eating rice and beans!”
Simon landed the role of Steve McDonald in 1989 and has played the hapless character ever since.
The producers visited their school in Stockport in search of people to play the teenage twin sons of the McDonald family.
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His classmate, Nicholas Mark Cochran, got the role of Andy McDonald and the owners needed someone who looked similar.
He looked for another class member with a similar height, texture, and hair color, with Simon being the only student to fit the bill.
However, Simon changed his name so as not to be confused with another actor who shared his full birth moniker.
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