Coronation Street's David Neilson details heartbreaking reason Roy Cropper carries bag

Coronation Street actor David Neilson has opened up about a habit of his on-screen character, Roy Cropper. The star, 72, has featured in the ITV soap since 1995, becoming known for carrying a bag around with him, and he has now opened up to explain the significance of the item.

The star is best known for his role as cafe owner Roy in the fictional town of Weatherfield, which he has played for over 25 years.

Neilson’s character is rarely seen without a shopping bag with keys strapped to the handles.

The ITV favourite has finally opened up on the heartbreaking reason about why it features so heavily in the programme.

The star explained that he has an emotional link to the item following the death of his mother before he joined the show.

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Struggling to cope after he lied to the police to protect Abi Franklin (Sally Carman), Roy decided it was time for a fresh start and he left to work as a chef in South America.

As his niece Nina Lucas (Mollie Gallagher) tearfully pleaded with him to change his mind, he left with his suitcase in an understated final scene.

Roy ended up lying to officers after it was discovered that the gun used by drug lord Harvey Gaskell (Will Mellor) to kill Natasha Blakeman (Rachel Leskovac) was in Abi’s possession.

She’d plotted to use it to kill evil Corey Brent (Maximus Evans) before Roy tracked her down and talked some sense into her.

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