Coronation Street: Daniel Brocklebank hopes Billy will find love
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Daniel Brocklebank, 41, has claimed that fans often seem to get the wrong idea about how much money soap actors are paid, after he struggled financially during the coronavirus lockdown. The star, who plays vicar Billy Mayhew in Coronation Street, explained that as the cast are freelance actors, he was left with “no income” when the ITV soap’s filming temporarily shut down due to the pandemic last year, and for two months afterwards due to “scheduling”.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Daniel said that although he feels “very fortunate” to have had a job during the pandemic, he found it difficult when he went “five months without work”.
The soap star explained: “I mean, I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve had a job.
“You know, my industry is being utterly decimated throughout this, TV and film is sort of back up and running to some degree.
“But we shut down production for three months of last year, and then, just due to scheduling, I was out for another two.
“So I had five months without work last year and we’re freelance, so there’s no income.”
Addressing the misconceptions about soap actors’ salaries, Daniel added: “I don’t know what people think we’re earning on soaps, but it’s not the sort of golden handshake people assume.
“And you’ve still got a mortgage to pay, you’ve still got your living expenses and tax bills, so it was difficult, the first lockdown.”
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Coronation Street for comment.
Daniel went on to address the impact lockdowns have had on him personally, as he lives alone.
The former The Bill actor recalled: “I didn’t see a single person for three months.
“I’m single, I’ve got no kids, and it was incredibly difficult.
“I’m a gregarious person by nature, it was absolutely horrific.”
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Daniel then credited his work on Corrie for keeping him busy and getting him out of the house during lockdown.
He continued: “The one respite for me is being able to go into work, which obviously enabled me to see people there.
“Although the conditions that we’re working under are very different to what we would normally have.
“We wear a mask the entire time unless we’re doing a take, we have a one way system in the building now so that we don’t cross each other, we’re doing our own hair and make-up.
“The green room, up until very recently, had furniture removed from it so that we couldn’t congregate, or socialise.
“It was quite sort of sitting alone in my house 24/7 and then going into work and dressing room alone until I was pulled down to set. Although it was respite, it was still not.”
Daniel finally reunited with his parents recently, as lockdown rules began to ease.
The soap star revealed: “I actually saw my mum and dad a couple of weekends ago, which was, oh my God, it was amazing!
“It was amazing because I’ve lived on my own for about seven years, but that’s fine when you can have social contact.
“So for me, it was utterly horrific to be locked in my house on my own.”
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