Coronation Street's Mollie Gallagher 'wanted to cry' after seeing Nina Lucas' ...

Coronation Street's Nina Lucas star Mollie Gallagher has said she 'wanted to cry' after seeing her character's injuries following a horrific hate crime attack. 

On Wednesday's episode, Nina and her boyfriend Seb Franklin (Harry Visinoni) are attacked by a gang of thugs who shout abuse about the character's goth identity.

The storyline has many similarities to what happened to Sophie Lancaster, who was murdered in a Lancashire park in 2007, and the soap has worked with a foundation set up by the late 20-year-old's mother Dr Sylvia Lancaster OBE.

Awful: Coronation Street's Nina Lucas star Mollie Gallagher has said she 'wanted to cry' after seeing her character's injuries following a horrific hate crime attack (pictured in soap still)

Awful: Coronation Street's Nina Lucas star Mollie Gallagher has said she 'wanted to cry' after seeing her character's injuries following a horrific hate crime attack (pictured in soap still)

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Talking about the hard-hitting storyline ahead of the episode, Mollie said she 'wanted to cry' after seeing her character Nina's injuries in make-up.  

The actress added that she hopes to do the important scenes 'justice' and that it 'breaks her heart' knowing this has happened and does happen in real life. 

Speaking to The Sun, Mollie said: 'I remember the first time I had the make-up done, I hadn't filmed any scenes yet and I'd just been rehearsing it in my mirror at home by myself. As soon as the makeup was done, I just wanted to cry. 

'I remember looking at my reflection and thinking: "Wow". I already knew it was awful but when you're actually in it, I thought I could cry. 

Hard-hitting: On Wednesday's episode, Nina and her boyfriend Seb Franklin (Harry Visinoni) are attacked by a gang of thugs who shout abuse about the character's goth identity

Hard-hitting: On Wednesday's episode, Nina and her boyfriend Seb Franklin (Harry Visinoni) are attacked by a gang of thugs who shout abuse about the character's goth identity 

Murdered for dressing differently: Sophie Lancaster was just 20-years-old when she was murdered by a group of teenage boys in a park in Lancashire on 11 August 2007

Murdered for dressing differently: Sophie Lancaster was just 20-years-old when she was murdered by a group of teenage boys in a park in Lancashire on 11 August 2007

'It was a really strange feeling. I kept thinking about all the scenes and what was coming up. It did help in a way as I was able to hold that feeling when we filmed the scenes. It was a massive help.'

Mollie added to the Mirror: 'Because this stuff has happened it’s such an important story to tell. I felt a lot of emotions. I am really privileged to be given such an important storyline but I am also nervous because I want to do the story justice. 

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'I have really put my all into it and hopefully it shows. You see the human effect this has on someone who you would say is strong. Knowing this has happened and does happen breaks my heart.'

Mollie said that she worked closely with the late Sophie Lancaster's mother Dr Sylvia Lancaster OBE to make sure she was as 'accurate' as possible during the storyline.   

'Justice': Talking about the hard-hitting storyline ahead of the episode, Mollie said that she hopes to do the important scenes 'justice' (Seb pictured after the attack in soap still)

'Justice': Talking about the hard-hitting storyline ahead of the episode, Mollie said that she hopes to do the important scenes 'justice' (Seb pictured after the attack in soap still) 

Sylvia told the publication it was 'lovely' to speak to Mollie and that people are 'looking behind' her character Nina's clothes and image.    

She added: 'It so important to get the message out there, intolerance and prejudice, we have to get it out of society. Alternative people like other minorities deserve to walk down the street without being abused physically or emotionally.'

Sophie and her boyfriend Robert Maltby, then 21, were set upon and beaten in a park simply because of the way they looked on 11 August in 2007. 

Sophie’s injuries were so severe, she died in hospital 13 days later, aged 20. Ryan Herbert and Brendan Harris, then both 15, were sentenced to life in prison.

Her mum, Sylvia, set up the

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