Corrie's Simon Gregson rejected Christmas party food for McDonald's!

Published Wednesday, Dec 24 2014, 12:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Steve McDonald, being a veteran of Coronation Street, has had his share of good and bad festive seasons. But sadly, this year's Yuletide will fall into the latter category as Steve battles his depression.

Actor Simon Gregson says that the Rovers landlord will try his best to provide a fun Christmas for his family, particularly his daughter Amy Barlow (Elle Mulvaney), but that it all backfires.

Simon Gregson pictured in 2013


"Christmas Day is good but the rest of it is not too clever," he reveals. "He drags himself up for Amy but goes a bit overboard. He invites everybody - the world and his dog - and tries to make it the best Christmas ever but in true Steve style it doesn't go quite to plan."

Simon, who joined the soap back in 1989, says that his favourite Corrie Christmas memory is from his very first festive season working on the soap.

"Our first Christmas do with me and Nick (Nicholas Cochrane, who played Steve's brother Andy), where we had to dress in tuxedos," he says. "We were like, 'Oh we're at a posh do where there's champagne'.

"At the time nouveau cuisine was in, so all the blokes in the cast were sat in the hotel foyer with a McDonald's cause everyone was starving."

Simon's Christmases now revolve around his family - wife Emma and sons Alfie and Harry - and he says that one particular festive tune always reminds him of his eldest son.

"The Pogues' Fairytale of New York, Alfie was born to that song," he reveals. "It's the only song I had on my iPod at the time."

When asked what he would like to find in his Christmas stocking, Simon says that he is more interested in getting gifts for his family.

"[I'd like] a billion pounds," he jokes. "No, it's more about the kids than what I want. Me and Emma still do presents but we have a limit. Emma's great at buying presents."

It sounds like poor Steve could use a present from Emma this year!

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