Coronation Street star Mollie Gallagher has admitted she ‘wanted to cry’ after seeing the injuries her character Nina Lucas is subjected to following a terrifying hate crime attack.
Mollie’s fan favourite character Nina and her boyfriend Seb Franklin (Harry Visinoni) are currently involved in a storyline which sees the young couple brutally attacked by a gang of thugs due to her goth identity appearance.
On Wednesday’s dramatic episode, the couple become victim to a horrifying unprovoked attack as they walk along the canal when Corey, Kelly and a gang of drunken mates taunt the young pair, which results in a brutal beating.
Speaking prior to the episodes being aired, Mollie previously told the Mirror: “Because this stuff has happened it’s such an important story to tell. I felt a lot of emotions. I am really privileged to be given such an important storyline but I am also nervous because I want to do the story justice.
“I have really put my all into it and hopefully it shows. You see the human effect this has on someone who you would say is strong. Knowing this has happened and does happen breaks my heart.”
She added: “It’s so important to get the message out there, intolerance and prejudice, we have to get it out of society. Alternative people like other minorities deserve to walk down the street without being abused physically or emotionally.”
The character of Nina has captured the nation’s hearts since she first appeared on the cobbles as the niece of Roy Cropper following the death of her father Richard.