Coronation Street legend Malcolm Hebden was last night the victim of a false death news story, throwing fans of him and the show into a panic on social media. A US site ran a story with a quote that they claimed was from a source close to the family and reported that the beloved actor had passed away but it wasn’t true.
Malcolm, who plays Norris Cole in the soap, was recently hospitalised with an illness and is said to be recovering. The inaccurate story was doing the rounds on Facebook and upset fans flocked to their social media accounts to share their sadness or ask Malcolm’s colleagues for clarification.
Sally Ann Matthews, who plays Jenny Bradley, responded to someone asking if the story was true, saying: ‘Thankfully not.’ She then tweeted her frustration with the clickbait article, adding: ‘Click bait. If more journalists wrote interesting, accurate, articulate articles then this phrase wouldn’t exist. We’d click because we would enjoy, appreciate, be educated by what we read x’
Click bait. If more journalists wrote interesting, accurate, articulate articles then this phrase wouldn't exist. We'd click because we would enjoy, appreciate, be educated by what we read x
— Sally Ann Matthews (@SallyAnMatthews) January 10, 2018
Malcolm’s most recent health scare comes six years after he was taken ill on set and taken to hospital, an incident which was later confirmed to not be serious.
On screen, Malcolm has played busybody Norris since 1994, delighting fans with his gossip, his acerbic wit and his interfering ways. He enjoys brilliantly warm double acts with Barbara Knox, who plays Rita Tanner and Patti Clare who plays Mary Taylor.
Previously, Malcolm appeared in the show in 1974 to play Mavis Riley’s boyfriend Carlos for a stint.