CORONATION Street star Jack P Shepherd has confessed he would be “silly to leave” his fan favourite role as David Platt.
The ITV actor, 34, has trodden the Weatherfield cobbles since 2000, when he was introduced as Gail Platt’s tearaway son.
Prior to this, the Leeds-born lad was given a role in ITV drama Where the Heart Is, despite confessing he’d never been in a play or read a script.
Jack then worked alongside Sarah Lancashire in mill-based drama Clocking Off before joining Corrie in 2000.
The fan favourite said it all started when his mum enrolled him in a drama club.
Yet it seems Jack is set in David Platt’s shoes for the foreseeable.
He candidly told Digital Spy of his plum Corrie role: “It’s the people, as boring as that sounds.
“If you like the people you work with and they make you laugh, you come away thinking, ‘That was fun, let’s do it again tomorrow.’
“It’s only when you’re unhappy at work that you leave, and I’m not.
“People want to go off and branch out into other things, and that’s fine.
“However, I’ve always really got on with everyone I work with, and the show still gives me good stories so I’d be silly to leave!”
In the show, David is the adoptive dad to Max Turner – the son of his sadly deceased wife, Kylie.
The young star took on the character from Harry McDermott, who has played the 15-year-old for the past 11 years.
At just four-years-old Max first made his appearance on the Cobbles back in 2010 alongside his mum Kylie.
Max – who has ADHD – will get himself into a lot of trouble in coming weeks, which will put his dad in a really tricky position.
David will soon be left terrified as Max faces bleeding to death.
Talking of his family’s storylines, Jack added: “I suppose Max is getting the storylines that I used to get as a kid, and I’m sort of playing out Gail’s storylines now.
“But what an amazing achievement to be turning into Gail, because she’s one of the best-loved characters in the whole show.
“She’s second on the all-time amount of episode counts, just behind Bill Roache, which is great.
“So, to be compared to Gail is a huge honour in my eyes.”
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