Will Mellor has candidly opened up about his dad Bill’s discipline towards him and said it saved him from a lifetime of crime.
The actor, who has landed a new role on Coronation Street, spoke about his childhood on the podcast Sixteen Summers, which asks celebrities, ‘if you had to choose between your childhood and the one you’re giving your kids, which would you pick?’
The 44 year old said: “There was a time when if I was upset, I’d hold my breath and literally pass out. It was horrible because I’d come round and my dad would give me a crack for passing out.
“I don’t know how old I was, but I have memories of it, because I’d panic my dad. My dad thought I was having a paddy, so he’d give me a crack for doing it and then I’d pass out and when I woke up he’d crack me for passing out.
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“So that was quite scary at times just waking up and getting another crack around the ear.”
Will went on to explain that he was “terrified” of his dad’s temper, but as he grew up, they developed a bond and were inseparable.
He continued: “The way he disciplined me as a kid I wouldn’t do that to my son. But different times call for different measures, he was struggling.
“He was in prison when I was very young. We grew up on a council estate, we were poor but loved and we didn’t feel poor as kids.
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“His dad was horrendous. So as I see it he was an improvement. I knew his shortcomings weren’t his fault. And he loved us. He didn’t really know how to show it a lot of the times; he never really hugged us that much,” the soap star divugled.
“If he give me a crack for something he’d come up and say sorry at the end of the night and I could sleep after that.”
The Two Pints of Lager star said his dad Bill “saved him” from taking a route towards drink and drugs.
He added: “It’s just as a kid he wanted me to have that fear so that when I wasn’t with him, I didn’t go down the route of drugs and drink and all that nonsense.
“And in our area he was terrified of me growing up in an area where it was rough. He thought the best thing he could do was teach me to fight.
“I was I the boxing ring at 7 years old. I boxed a number of years until I was acting.”
Will, who announced his father’s death in April 2020, said: “I’m glad he’s done what he’s done.
“I would never do that to my kids, it’s a different era, but I believe I’m a good person. He’s not made me a bad person. Having a bit of fear about being told off or having a crack off your dad wasn’t a bad thing in those days,” he concluded.