Coronation Street star fears his diagnosis will end his career

Coronation Street star Rob Mallard opened up about his career fears after revealing his essential tremor is ‘slowly getting worse.’

The actor, who plays Daniel Osbourne in the ITV soap, first discussed his essential tremor – which is a nervous system disorder that causes involuntary shaking – back in 2018.

Speaking about his condition, the 32-year-old told The Mirror: ‘In the last 10 years it has become a lot more pronounced and if it follows that trajectory in my personal life it’s going to be difficult and annoying.

‘Professionally it could be career-ending.

Daniel and Daisy in Coronation Street

 

‘It has been suggested that wrap it into the character, which I’m not averse to, but I’d rather not do that now. I don’t want it to pigeonhole me.’

Recently, Rob appeared on BBC One’s Morning Live to speak with presenters Helen Skelton and Gethin Jones about living with the condition, as well as how it has impacted him growing up.

Daniel and Daisy in Coronation Street
Following his appearance on This Morning back in 2018, where he spoke about the tremor, Rob sadly received comments online about how it looked like he ‘was drunk’ or ‘withdrawing from something’.

He revealed: ‘I had longer hair at the time too and I had a quiff and when I watched it back, all you could see was the hair shaking. Within minutes of me coming off, people on social media were speculating that I was drunk, that I was withdrawing from something, that I had an issue.

‘Then I was in a position where I had been hiding this because I thought it was going to stop me doing work whereas now, because I have not been honest about it, the assumptions are getting even worse so I’ve got to make a choice here and I came back and said what it was. It’s an essential tremor, it’s more common than you think, people think it’s an older-people thing and I just found being honest about it has been the best policy.’

Rob went on to reveal how he often struggles with filming shots of Daniel texting or holding a drink while in the Rovers.

‘That is one of the hardest things to do because they have to hold it for about 10 seconds for people to get a good read of what’s on screen’, he said.

‘I can’t hold my hand still for that long so we have to do tricks like zooming in really close and I’ll rest my hands on something and then they film it that way. Once they even used someone else’s hand. I have a hand double – I’ve made it!

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