Sunday 23 October 2016

Coronation Street's Debbie Rush reveals how husband's own horrific experience almost stopped her from filming fire scene

Corrie's Debbie Rush had to think hard before being set alight for a dramatic scene – because her husband nearly died of severe burns.

Soap fans saw Debbie’s character Anna Windass go up in flames after David Platt crashed his car on Friday night.

The actress was thrilled to shoot the exciting moment, admitting: “It’s not often you get to be James Bond in Corrie.”

But before agreeing to be a human torch she sounded out her husband Andrew, who suffered in a terrifying childhood accident.

Debbie, 50, told the Sunday People: “When the executive producer Kate Oates asked me how I felt about being set on fire I told Andrew straight away.

“He went very quiet but didn’t say he didn’t want me to do it. He knew I was relishing the challenge and he’s always been very supportive. It must have been hard for him though.

“He and his brother were messing about trying to be fire-eaters. Paraffin got on Andrew and he was set on fire. It burnt his chest. It must have been awful for a 10-year-old.”

The ITV1 soap’s gripping scene came as David Platt (Jack P Shepherd) drove to court, where he intended to target his wife’s killer.

But he flipped the car and his daughter Lily and Anna’s son Gary were trapped under it.

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