Coronation Street’s Harry Visinoni says Seb’s sudden death was ‘a great way’ for him to leave the soap
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On Friday evening, long-running ITV soap Coronation Street closed the doors on one of their much-loved young characters, Seb Franklin. Son to Abi (played by Sally Carman) Seb died as the result of a vicious attack against him and his girlfriend Nina (Mollie Gallagher).
Played out by 21 year old Harry Visinoni, Seb’s unexpected death saddened viewers up and down the country. However, when we caught up with Harry, he revealed that he was more than willing to close the door on his Corrie career.
“It is a huge story,” Harry acknowledged. “It was in October and I'd asked to meet with Iain [MacLeod], the executive producer, to talk about potential avenues for Seb and this was basically proposed as an option,” he revealed.
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“This has only been my second job and I never intended to be here forever,” Harry admitted. “It seemed like a fitting end for the character and a great way for me to end it.”
Seb will be leaving the soap following a horrific hate crime at the hands of notorious bad boy Corey Brent (Maximus Evans) and his mates.
Although Harry wasn’t sure whether or not the gang will get their comeuppance he said he’d “like to think” they’d be brought to justice.
When we asked Harry if he was worried about Seb’s shock death ruining the possibility for any kind of comeback he said, “I don't really see it like that at all really.”
Harry added: “As I say I was never intending to stay on here forever and it's amazing that I was trusted with this storyline. So it wasn't something that I could pass up, it seemed like the perfect way to say goodbye to Seb.”
Harry confirmed he got involved in researching the storyline. He joined in on Zoom calls with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation who worked with Coronation Street on the hate crime storyline.
As for playing dead, Seb said: “It was fine really. You’re just laying in a bed all day.”
He added: “I think it's tougher on the others like Sally [Carman]. She was in there pouring her heart into the scenes and did an awesome job. I was awestruck.”
Seb has been through quite a lot during his time on the street. From being sent to a young offenders unit to having to care for his younger twin siblings, he’s not had it easy.
However, things have been going well for Seb recently and Harry believes that’ll make it all the more difficult for audiences to say goodbye to him.
He told us: “It’s going to be really powerful. We've seen Seb in a different light to how we've seen him before and he's in a really good place for the first time ever.
“We've actually seen him happy and enjoying life. Hopefully that has resonated with the audience, so what’s happened to him is extra heartbreaking.”
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