Corrie actor Rob Mallard: I could not forgive Daniel for trying to kill Ken

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Coronation Street star Rob Mallard has admitted he would not be able to forgive his own character for attempting to murder his father.

The actor, who plays Daniel Osbourne in the ITV soap, was finally unveiled as the person who tried to kill Weatherfield stalwart Ken Barlow.

Speaking about the big reveal in Friday night's episode, he told how he sympathised with Daniel's mental struggle, but would not be able to look past his extreme actions.

Earlier this year, Daniel hit his 77-year-old father over the head with a weighty book, sending him flying down the stairs and leaving him for dead. Ken's grandson Adam was then blamed for the attack and arrested.

Just months after joining the cast last year, Mallard said: "I don't know if all the family will be able to forgive him - I don't think I would be able to forgive.

"Daniel came in elevated up to golden child, but through his own actions, he is has gone right to the bottom of the pile.

"He is really going to have to work his way up to redeem himself with everybody, one by one."

Friday night's episode saw Daniel admit his actions to Ken, played by 85-year-old William Roache, while helping to paint his house. Descending into an emotional breakdown, he hid himself in the bathroom and cut himself with a decorator's scalpel.

As the programme continued, viewers saw him reveal the extent of his psychological troubles, sparked by his unreliable parents, including the disappearance of his mother.

"I spoke to someone who I know who did used to hurt themselves," Mallard told the Press Association.

"I asked them what their reasoning was and, with research that I did online as well, it is always about an element of control.

"When you can't control anything else, you can control this thing that you are doing to you.

"It's similar to the idea of tapping that they tell you to do in therapy to keep control, it's something you have ownership of."

But he reassured viewers that his character will eventually be put in touch with somebody who will help him "work on himself."

The soap's producer, Kate Oates, added: "There is a moment coming up where Daniel frightens himself into a situation where he just feels that he needs to put himself back on the straight and narrow and we do refer to anger management.

"Something flipped in him, but there's so much warmth in Daniel and he just wants a family.

"He is troubled, not villainous. It's about how somebody with that background can then fit into society."

Commenting on Ken's near death, which previously left fans fearing for his future on the show, she added: "We are not going to get rid of Bill Roache.

"If in your first year as a producer you decide that you don't need one of the soap's biggest and longest-running characters, I would have to either be very brave or very stupid.

"You could make a decision like that, but he is so vibrant and ever-young ... he is quite amazing.

"My job is to make Corrie as strong as I can make it and when I leave it, to leave it in the best possible shape so that the next person so sit in my chair can have as much fun with it as I am having now."

The story will continue next week as Ken finds himself fearing for his life again as he discovers what his own son is capable of.