Corrie star Bill Fellows hints at future for Stu amid 'killer' storyline

Coronation Street fans were shocked when it was revealed that popular character Stu Carpenter (Bill Fellows) had done prison time for the murder of a young waitress. His ex-wife revealed the shocking details to Yasmeen (Shelley King) after Stu had tried to make contact with his daughter Bridget.

The revelations shocked everyone – but the story was more complicated than it first seemed.

Bill Fellows told us that Alya (Sair Khan) and Zeedan (Qasim Akhtar) start to uncover the truth as they look into the case. ‘Stu was interviewed under duress during the 1980s,’ he says. ‘As Alya and Zeedan find out more about the guy who interrogated Stu, Detective Lennox, they find out that he did things like throw Stu on the floor and not give him any food during his police interview. Alya and Zeedan start investigating Detective Lennox, who Stu feels fitted him up.’

Stu is relieved to see Yasmeen waiting for him when he’s released from prison, but Bill says that his return to Coronation Street is not an easy one, even with the support of the Nazir family.

‘You have to remember that Stu was in prison for the murder of a young girl who was only 20 years old,’ he points out. ‘So I think a lot of the neighbours are upset about that because some of them have daughters who are 18 or 19 years old. Dev (Jimmi Harkishin) is especially confrontational.’

In the wake of the rumours about Stu’s past, Yasmeen’s business starts to suffer as people cancel their bookings at Speed Daal. ‘Stu is really shaken by it because he knows these people, his neighbours, but they are turning on him without knowing the facts,’ Bill says. ‘He tries to tell them he is innocent but they don’t believe him and that is really hard for him.’

As Stu struggles to prove his innocence Bill says, ‘It is a heartbreaking storyline because there is no winner in this and there is a lot more to come.

‘It’s not just a case of Stu fighting to clear his name. There are a lot of twists and turns and it is very hurtful and heartbreaking for all involved.’

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