02/08/2017 17:19 BST

Coronation Street’s Daniel Brocklebank Says He’s Been ‘Overlooked For Roles Because Producers Knew I Was Gay’

'People forget that you are a person, who still goes home to their family every night. I think they expect you to be thick-skinned.'

‘Coronation Street’ star Daniel Brocklebank has opened up about his time in the entertainment industry, revealing that he has been “overlooked” for jobs because of his sexuality.

The actor currently plays vicar Billy Mayhew in the ITV soap and recently signed a new contract to extend his time in Weatherfield.

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Vicar Billy is in a relationship with Todd Grimshaw 

Since joining the soap in 2014, Daniel has starred in a number of headline-grabbing stories and his character Billy is currently getting to grips with being a father to Summer.

Addressing this twist, he added: “I feel proud of the adoption storyline and proud to represent my community.

“Last year at Euston station a woman burst into tears and threw her arms around me and said, ‘Thank you, you’ve helped my son so much’.”

Prior to joining the soap, he popped up on a number of TV shows - with small parts in ‘EastEnders’, ‘Midsomer Murders’ and ‘Casualty’ - and also enjoyed a stint with the Royal Shakespeare Company. 

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