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Harry Visinoni shares emotional Coronation Street goodbye as Seb dies

Harry said goodbye to his character Seb Franklin on Coronation Street (Picture: ITV/Twitter)

Harry Visinoni has issued a heartfelt statement after his character Seb Franklin died on Coronation Street on Friday.

Viewers were on the edge of their seats as Seb was the subject of a violent on-screen assault alongside his girlfriend Nina Lucas (Mollie Gallagher).

The popular couple were set upon by Corey Brant (Maximus Evans), his friend, Eli, and a group of other gang members, following a showdown by the canal.

The scenes were Harry’s last on the show and he took to Twitter to say farewell to fans after the episode aired.

He wrote: ‘Goodbye Coronation Street: It’s been a wild 5 years on the cobbles, and I’ve loved every second. I’ve made memories that I will cherish forever and have worked with the most amazing people.

‘I couldn’t have dreamt of a better way to spend these years of my life. Thank you so much for all the support Seb has received throughout his turbulent time on the street, and thank you so much for the amazing response to this immensely important and relevant storyline.

‘There couldn’t have been a more worthy end for Seb. It was an honour to be trusted to tell this harrowing story and I hope that we have been able to make a difference and raise awareness.’

He added: ‘It’s been an honour and a privilege. Lots of love, Harry x.’

Seb’s storyline was influenced by real-life events after Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were set upon in a park simply because of the way they looked back in 2007.

As a consequence of the attack, Sophie sadly died from her injuries.

As Seb and Nina were rushed to hospital, Abi (Sally Carman) and Kevin (Michael Le Vell) discovered that Seb’s ventilator was the only thing keeping him alive, which meant Abi was forced to say a devastating goodbye to her son.

Harry has played Seb for five years and now his final scenes as the character have aired, he spoke to Metro.co.uk about his reaction to his exit storyline.

‘I met with producer Iain MacLeod to discuss potential avenues going forward’ he told us.

‘The hate crime storyline was suggested as an option and I decided it as a fitting end for the character and a storyline I’d love to be a part of.

‘I never intended to stay in the show forever and it was always a goal of mine to play a major part in a story that is huge for the show. It wasn’t something I could pass up.’

Speaking of his final moments on set, Harry added: ‘It was quite emotional really, the crew shouted “that’s a wrap for Harry” and I got a clap and all that – I was welling up which is a rare thing for me!

‘I also drew the short straw because we aren’t allowed leaving drinks during Covid!

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