Roy Cropper lives by a moral code but he has ‘dangerous side’ says Corrie actor

Corrie scriptwriters struck gold when they created Roy Cropper… and the soap legend is still rewarding them 25 years later.

The anorak and cardigan-wearing trainspotter is back at the heart of a gripping plot that has left soap fans shaken.

And it is actor David Neilson who has, once again, moved viewers to tears with his heart-rending monologue at the bedside of screen niece Nina.

David, 72, has portrayed cafe boss Roy through his many guises down the years – from a nerdy loner and stalker, to a community champion and confidant.

Talking about his quarter of a century on the Cobbles, David modestly puts his success down to “luck”.

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Off set, David enjoys a laugh. And in his own times of need he turns to playwright Samuel Beckett for inspiration.

He adds: “I’m a big fan of Sam Beckett, who says I can’t carry on what shall I do? Carry on. You carry on, that’s what you do.”

Or should that be Corrie on? Here’s to the next 25 years, David…

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