Corrie’s Sam Retford on Curtis lies as his heart condition is exposed as fake

Coronation Street actor Sam Retford, who stars as Weatherfield’s Curtis Delamere, has broken his silence on his characters’ fake heart condition.

In last night’s episode of the ITV soap, viewers discovered Curtis had been lying to fiancée Emma Brooker (Alexandra Mardell) and the rest of the Street’s residents since arriving on the famous cobbles.

As he attended a hospital visit, doctors told him that he had a totally clean bill of health and no reason to worry, suggesting he should book an appointment with a psychologist for Factitious Illness Disorder.

Now, 22-year-old Sam has spoken out about Curtis’ spiralling lies, explaining he’d been in on the secret since auditioning for the soap role.

Speaking on this morning’s (Thursday 2 December) Lorraine to the show’s host Lorraine Kelly, Sam said: “It was a real privilege to play the long game with it and know what was going to happen since day one.”

The soap newcomer continued that while Curtis has been lying, he’s not doing it in a manipulative way, but instead is suffering from a genuine disorder.

He explained: “Factitious Illness Disorder is a disorder that plays on past trauma and neglect. It’s a debilitating disorder.”

Sam also revealed he had spoken to people who have lived with the disorder to help him prepare to step into Curtis’ shoes.

He went on: “I’ve spoken to people who have it and a lot of psychologists and clinical psychiatrists and their views on it. It’s a fascinating thing.”

And the soap star was keen to stress that Curtis isn’t a typical soap villain and that he can’t help what he’s doing, explaining the lies aren’t “conscious”.

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This comes after the actor admitted it had been “tough” keeping his characters’ actions under wraps – especially from his family and friends.

Sam said: "It's been pretty tough, because it's something that's fascinated me so much and it's something that I've really tried to delve into.”

“I didn't pretend it wasn't going to happen. For example, if you were to watch the episodes back, you would see all of his actions are influenced by this.”

“So it's something that has always been in the very forefront of my mind but never something I was able to talk about. It's been pretty tough.”

Sam also touched on the response from viewers, noting that some eagle-eyed fans spotted the signs a while back.

He said: “A few people guessed it, which is good. We left some clues in there.”

“We didn't want it to come out of the blue because it is something that influences people's everyday decisions and their day-to-day life. It's a really debilitating disorder.”

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