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Daniel Brocklebank reveals homophobic abuse from Corrie

Coronation Street currently features a gay vicar, in a relationship, who is about to adopt a child.

Yet, despite it being 2017, actor Daniel Brocklebank has revealed the homophobic abuse he has received as a result of the storyline, as well as for being an openly gay actor himself.

Speaking to The Mirror, the 37-year-old - who plays Billy Mayhew - has opened up about the remarks he has met when he was featured with soap boyfriend Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) in a hotel sex scene.

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'Parents got in touch saying they were disgusted!': Actor Daniel Brocklebank reveals the homophobic abuse he received for Corrie's gay vicar plot... and fears adoption storyline 'backlash' 

'Parents got in touch saying they were disgusted!': Actor Daniel Brocklebank reveals the homophobic abuse he received for Corrie's gay vicar plot... and fears adoption storyline 'backlash' 

'I think that caused more backlash than any other storyline I’ve had,' he said. 'I had a lot of parents getting in touch saying they were disgusted and that they had to explain to their child why two men were kissing.

'My response to that was, "Great, that’s amazing that you’ve actually been able to educate your kid that love comes in all different formats".'

Daniel - who admitted that, despite being out professionally since the age of 18 he was overlooked for roles and subject to online abuse - believes that his new storyline 'can only be good...to open people's eyes'.

'Some may not even know gay adoption is legal. Coronation Street has to move with the times otherwise we’re going to end up out of touch. We’re not a period drama,' he said.

Causing a stir: The 37-year-old - who plays Billy Mayhew - has opened up about the remarks he has met when he was featured with soap boyfriend Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) in a hotel sex scene

Causing a stir: The 37-year-old - who plays Billy Mayhew - has opened up about the remarks he has met when he was featured with soap boyfriend Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) in a hotel sex scene

Groundbreaking: Daniel - who admitted that, despite being out professionally since the age of 18 he was overlooked for roles and subject to online abuse - believes that his new storyline 'can only be good...to open people's eyes'

Groundbreaking: Daniel - who admitted that, despite being out professionally since the age of 18 he was overlooked for roles and subject to online abuse - believes that his new storyline 'can only be good...to open people's eyes'

The star admitted that he finds it hard to shake off any cruelty that comes along as a result of his sexuality and his on-screen stories; but as a farm boy from Stratford-upon-Avon, he's used to feeling a little out of his comfort zone.

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