ITV Corrie’s Billy actor Daniel Brocklebank shares devastating family health update

Coronation Street's Daniel Brocklebank has shared a heartbreaking update about his family's experience with motor neurone disease.

The soapstar, 43, who plays Billy Mayhew in the long-running ITV soap, took to X, formerly Twitter, to speak about his grandfather's diagnosis with the devastating condition.

The soap's current storyline has seen Billy's partner Paul Foreman heartbreakingly diagnosed with MND, with Daniel now sharing how this disease has impacted his off-screen life.

Sharing a video showing a book that will those suffering from the disease record their voices, Daniel wrote: "Sadly my grandfather and many other people living with MND didn't have this incredible invention during his illness. However, I'm so happy people living with MND now have this opportunity. #IWillAlwaysBeMe."

The MND Association responded with gratitude, saying: "Thank you so much for raising awareness, Dan. Brilliant and insightful episode this evening. #Corrie." Other fans also chimed in with their thoughts and experiences.

Viewers of the soap, and those who know people suffering from MND also commented on Daniel's post, with one writing: "It is great but heartbreaking to read. I was with my husband when he did his and it was hard but worth it. Do it as soon as you can though."

"Hi Dan, my Nana either, I'm so pleased MND is now in the spotlight. X" penned another, while a third added: "Dan, my sincere apologies for the pain your Grandfather went or is going through."

However, one viewer criticised the show's portrayal of the disease, stating: "My hards words are against the writer of Corrie again they got it wrong yesterday as Paul manoeuvred his wheelchair with no problems even though he has limited use of his right arm."

The video was also shared by Peter Ash, who plays Paul on the soap. He wrote: "This incredible book was featured on #Corrie last night.

"A way of banking your voice, this real technology has been developed by organisations working with the @mndassoc. Very clever stuff!"

And Daniel shared the clip a second time, writing: "Paul & Billy have looked at this amazing software in @itvcorrie in tonight’s episode. This amazing technology means people living with MND can hold on to their voices, such an important part of who we are. #IWillAlwaysBeMe"

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