Castleford Teen actor Colson Smith has grown up on Corrie

27th July 2011'Castleford High School pupil Colson Smith, 12, has won the part of 'Craig' in Coronation Street.''PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
27th July 2011'Castleford High School pupil Colson Smith, 12, has won the part of 'Craig' in Coronation Street.''PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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CASTLEFORD teenager Colson Smith has said it was “surreal” being at the centre of one of Coronation Street’s biggest storylines.

The 16-year-old actor’s character Craig Tinker helped his 13-year-old classmate Faye Windass keep her pregnancy a secret in recent episodes of the ITV show.

Craig even helped deliver her baby as part of the controversial storyline.

Colson was talent spotted at an after-school drama club at Castleford High School at the age of 12 and has played Craig Tinker for three-and-a-half-years.

Colson said: “It has all been a little bit surreal to be honest. During my first year I only did 17 screenings and was mainly in the background.

“Then I went from that to being at the centre of the storylines on the show.

“I think I grew up a lot during that time and then the storyline between Craig and Faye has been crazy.

“The producers started the friendship between Craig and Faye about a year-and-a-half ago and then we got told the storyline which was obviously going to be controversial.

“I was quite nervous about it because of the perception it got from the public when it got out.

“Then over the last eight months we have been working on trying to get the best result and do the storyline justice which I think we did.

”It was a really brave story for the producers to take on because it has already been done on soaps and it was such an emotive topic but it does happen.

“I’ve known people be in similar situations to Faye, so it needed to be done.”

Colson combines filming for the show with studying performing arts full-time at Pontefract New College.

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