A staggering 8 million people watched the funeral of Coronation Street character Deirdre Barlow. But only a handful will have recognised the starring role played by The Co-operative Funeralcare Hub Manager Paul Hilton.
It attracted hundreds of column inches and joined together millions of fans in grief. Deirdre’s funeral was probably Paul’s most high-profile but he says being on set is nothing new for The Co-operative Funeralcare, “we’ve always helped with providing vehicles but over the past few years we’ve tried to get some exclusivity,” he explains. “We want to be ITV’s preferred supplier nationwide. Now we’re top of Corrie’s list.”
- Molly Compton Dobbs – “When Kevin and Tyrone had a fight at the graveside I was all over the TV magazines. As a funeral director your instinct is to step in. When you’re part of it, you feel everything.”
- Deirdre Barlow – “It was the strangest one we’d done for Corrie – the way they filmed it. I also did the funeral of the actress who played Deirdre, Anne Kirkbride.”
- Hayley Cropper – “When Roy came back to pick up Hayley’s ashes from our funeral home in Sale they asked me to do a speaking part, but I needed an equity card so they brought in an actor!”
- Ashley Peacock – “I thought I was going to be on Harry Hill’s TV burp because they zoomed the camera in on my head and my eyes were all crossed.”