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Will Mellor admits he was ‘terrified’ of his dad’s temper as he reflects on their relationship

Will Mellor has admitted that he was ‘terrified’ of his late dad Bill’s temper as he reflected on their difficult relationship.

The Coronation Street star, 44, candidly discussed his upbringing with his dad, who passed away last year, and told how despite his father loving his family, he struggled to show affection.

Will noted that despite Bill’s firm hand keeping him on the straight and narrow, he wouldn’t do the same to his own children as he said: ‘The way he disciplined me as a kid I wouldn’t do that to my son.’

Looking back: Will Mellor has admitted that he was ‘terrified’ of his late dad Bill’s temper as he reflected on their difficult relationship 

The actor was speaking on the Sixteen Summers podcast, which asked the question: ‘If you had to choose between your childhood and the one you’re giving your kids, which would you pick?’

Reflecting on his relationship with Bill, he said: ‘The way he disciplined me as a kid I wouldn’t do that to my son. But different times call for different measures, he was struggling.’ 

He added: ‘His dad was horrendous. So as I see it he was an improvement. I knew his shortcomings weren’t his fault. And he loved us. He didn’t really know how to show it a lot of the times; he never really hugged us that much. 

‘If he give me a crack for something he’d come up and say sorry at the end of the night and I could sleep after that.’

Relationship: The Coronation Street star, 44, candidly discussed his upbringing with his dad, who passed away last year, and told how despite his father loving his family, he struggled to show affection

Relationship: The Coronation Street star, 44, candidly discussed his upbringing with his dad, who passed away last year, and told how despite his father loving his family, he struggled to show affection 

The former Hollyoaks star went on to tell that Bill served time in prison when he was ‘very young’ and despite growing up on a rough estate, Will and his four older sisters ‘didn’t feel poor’.

Will, who himself now has two children of his own, recalled how his ‘fear’ of his father ‘saved’ him from going into a life of crime, reflecting that he was ‘glad’ his dad had ‘done what he’s done’. 

He explained: ‘It’s just as a kid he wanted me to have that fear so that when I wasn’t with him, I didn’t go down the route of drugs and drink and all that nonsense. 

‘And in our area he was terrified of me growing up in an area where it was rough. He thought the best thing he could do was teach me to fight. I was in the boxing ring at 7 years old. I boxed a number of years until I was acting.’

Reflection: Will noted that despite Bill's firm hand keeping him on the straight and narrow, he wouldn't do the same to his own children as he said: 'The way he disciplined me as a kid I wouldn’t do that to my son'

Reflection: Will noted that despite Bill’s firm hand keeping him on the straight and narrow, he wouldn’t do the same to his own children as he said: ‘The way he disciplined me as a kid I wouldn’t do that to my son’

Reflection: 'I knew his shortcomings weren’t his fault. And he loved us. He didn’t really know how to show it a lot of the times' (pictured in 2017)

Reflection: ‘I knew his shortcomings weren’t his fault. And he loved us. He didn’t really know how to show it a lot of the times’ (pictured in 2017)

Discussing his upbringing and how it has shaped his future, he added: ‘I’m glad he’s done what he’s done. 

‘I would never do that to my kids, it’s a different era, but I believe I’m a good person. He’s not made me a bad person. Having a bit of fear about being told off or having a crack off your dad wasn’t a bad thing in those days.’

Earlier this month, the actor opened up about his father’s death during lockdown, revealing that the fact he couldn’t see his dad amid the restrictions ‘absolutely crippled me’. 

Father: Will, who himself now has two children of his own, recalled how his 'fear' of his father 'saved' him from going into a life of crime, reflecting that he was 'glad' his dad had 'done what he’s done' (pictured with wife Michelle and their children Jayden, 17, and Renee, 13)

Father: Will, who himself now has two children of his own, recalled how his ‘fear’ of his father ‘saved’ him from going into a life of crime, reflecting that he was ‘glad’ his dad had ‘done what he’s done’ (pictured with wife Michelle and their children Jayden, 17, and Renee, 13)

Growing up: 'He’s not made me a bad person. Having a bit of fear about being told off or having a crack off your dad wasn’t a bad thing in those days' (pictured in 1995)

Growing up: ‘He’s not made me a bad person. Having a bit of fear about being told off or having a crack off your dad wasn’t a bad thing in those days’ (pictured in 1995)

Will was left devastated when his father Bill passed away in April last year, with the star unable to even hug his dad due to Covid-19 restrictions.

And in a new interview, Will has told how his new role in Coronation Street has been a ‘godsend’ after stating that last year was ‘horrible for himself and his family. 

Speaking about his terrible loss while living under lockdown restrictions, he told Radio Times: ‘He was my hero and we went everywhere together. So, the fact that I couldn’t see him when he was ill absolutely crippled me. 

‘I can’t go back and change that. And I’ll never be able to have those last moments with him. So, yes, last year was absolutely horrible for me and my family. But I keep trying to put one foot in front of the other.’

So sad: Will  previously opened up about his father's death during lockdown, revealing that the fact he couldn't see his dad amid the restrictions 'absolutely crippled me'

So sad: Will  previously opened up about his father’s death during lockdown, revealing that the fact he couldn’t see his dad amid the restrictions ‘absolutely crippled me’

Will went on to say that recently landing the part of menacing drug lord Harvey on Coronation Street was a ‘godsend’, adding that he needed ‘a bit of a boost.’

He reflected that his dad Bill would’ve been ‘proud’ to see him on the show as he went on to discuss how he’ll keep his dad’s memory alive while he’s filming on the Manchester soap.

He said: ‘I now wear his ring on my little finger, so I can look down at that while I’m filming and feel that he’s on the Street with me. He supported me all my life, so whatever I do, I take him with me by wearing his ring. He lives in me, so it feels like we’re doing this together.’

New role: Will also reflected that his dad Bill would've been 'proud' to see him on the show as he went on to discuss how he'll keep his dad's memory alive while he's filming on the Manchester soap

New role: Will also reflected that his dad Bill would’ve been ‘proud’ to see him on the show as he went on to discuss how he’ll keep his dad’s memory alive while he’s filming on the Manchester soap 


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