Coronation Street star Rob Mallard ‘couldn’t turn off the sadness’ after filming Sinead’s death

Sinead and Daniel hug on sofa Coronation Street

Sinead will pass away from cancer in upcoming scenes

Coronation Street actor Rob Mallard, who plays Daniel Osborne on the soap, has revealed that he struggled with his emotions after filming the death of his on-screen wife, Sinead.

Former knicker stitcher Sinead is currently suffering from terminal cancer and, in heartbreaking scenes, recently learned that she had just weeks to live. The character is set to pass away later in the month.

Says Rob: “Katie (McGlynn, who plays Sinead) and I are not criers; we’re not tearful people. But we both had similar experiences after one week in particular – the week that Sinead dies – where we couldn’t quite turn off the sadness.

“When I was at home by myself, every now and again this wave of dread and grief would come across you. You’d think ‘It’s not real, I’m at home, you don’t need to do this!’ but it’s hard to leave it behind.”

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Sinead was diagnosed with cervical cancer in late 2018, and initially put off conventional cancer treatment as she was worried about the effect it would have on her then unborn child. Instead, she turned to alternative therapies, including homeopathy.

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Rob adds that, given how the story initially played out, it would’ve been irresponsible to give Sinead a happy ending, as writers needed to show the consequences of Sinead’s dangerous decision.

He says: “In an ideal world, she’d have been cured and everything would have been fine. But if you don’t have all the treatment that you’re supposed to have, you’ve got to show that having consequences.

“If we’d shown her surviving, having gone through all that, it would’ve sent out a really bad message.”

Coronation Street continues on ITV.

Alison Slade
Soaps Editor
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