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Coronation Street viewers praised emotional Peter Ash scenes (Picture: ITV)

Coronation Street viewers have been full of praise for Peter Ashs performance as Paul Foreman, after his character opened up about being sexually abused by his stepdad, Kel (Joseph Alessi).

In emotional scenes from tonights instalment, Paul told Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank) the truth about what happened with Kel, explaining they had a secret sexual relationship when he was just 14-years-old.

Speaking about what happened between them, Billy tried to get through to Paul that he was abused, while worrying that the predator could be about to strike again on the cobbles.

However, Paul insisted he made the first move, not Kel, and that he was in love with his stepdad.

And viewers watching on at home flocked to Twitter to rave about the powerful scenes.

What a performance by the actor who plays Paul in #Corrie #Peterash such a difficult storyline to get across but you did it, a fan commented.

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The importance of that is that someone might understand more about child sexual abuse now. The abuse is, the twisted love, and then lack of it for himself.

Well done to Peter @PeterAsh_85 and Daniel @Dan_Brocklebank on your incredible scenes in tonights hour long episode of Corrie, a follower said.

I am delighted that Paul has Billy supporting him, I cant wait to see what happens next. I hope you both have a great weekend Im so proud of you both.

How amazing is @PeterAsh_85 tonight? Such a stunning performance both powerful and sensitive. Well done Peter. Its brilliant to get to see you shine #Corrie #Paul, another posted.

Kel attacks Paul in Coronation Street
There are more emotional scenes set to air next week (Picture: ITV)

While a Twitter user wrote: Those Paul/Billy scenes were devastating to watch. Amazing acting from Peter & Daniel #Corrie.

And one added: @PeterAsh_85 simply beautiful performance tonight on #Corrie mate.

There are still more emotional scenes to come next week, as Paul struggles to come to terms with the truth, and drunkenly makes a pass as Kel, who snubs his advances.

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