His character is the prime suspect in the brutal and senseless murder of Seb Franklin and Coronation Street actor Maximus Evans was in tears as he watched back the harrowing storyline.
Maximus plays antagonist Corey Brent in the ITV soap and he was moved along with the rest of the nation as Roy Cropper sat by his niece Nina Lucas’ bedside following the savage hate attack on Nina and boyfriend Seb.
Corey was one of the drunken yobs who encouraged Kelly Neelan to slap goth Nina, before chasing the terrified couple as they desperately tried to get home.
As the praise poured in on social media for the powerful scenes, inspired the tragic death of goth Sophie Lancaster in 2007 who was murdered for the way she looked, Maximus said he was crying over the scenes.
“Trust Roy to have me sat here crying. Absolutely heartbreaking,” he said.
The actor, who previous starred in the Netflix series Creeped Out and ITV drama The Bay, went on to praise his fellow Corrie cast and crew and said it was an honour to be involved in shining a light on hate crime.
“Crackin’ job team. I love you all,” he said.
“A true honour being involved.”
Maximus arrived on the soap in May 2019 as the on-off boyfriend of Asha Alahan.
He was previously at the centre of a controversial storyline when he recorded Asha stripping for him during a video chat and the video was shared by classmate Kelly.
Bully Corey hasn’t been able to forget that his girlfriend also dated Victorian goth Nina, who has captured hearts since arriving in Weatherfield in November 2019, over his coercive behaviour.
Corrie legend Julie Hesmondhalgh tweeted to him: “Maximus you were absolutely brilliant. I can tell how invested you all are in telling this story, it must be so hard. Well done love xx”
And co-star Harriet Bibby who plays Summer Spellman told him: “Max you were fantastic, well done mate.”
Another follower said: “One of the best Corrie story lines in years.
“Well done to all the actors involved you all played your part and shows what it’s like to be different, look different , dress different people shouldn’t judge we all the same on the inside.”
Another praised: “You’re doing an amazing job playing villain Corey.
“It’s eye-opening seeing Corrie portray coercive behaviour in a teen couple as well as the hate crime.
“Heartbreaking story and Corey is infuriating but as I say, amazing job on your part.”
Another soap watcher told him: “Well done everyone involved in this storyline – truly difficult to watch and so heart wrenching.
” I hope this raises awareness of hate crime, especially of how people dress/look.
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“I really loathe your character- on a positive that proves what an incredible actor you are Maximus.”
And another applauded: “Can’t tell you how much I dislike you in this! “BRILLIANT acting.”
Next week Kelly is charged with Seb’s murder as Corey appears to be getting away scot-free with the unprovoked attack.
His dad steps in to encourage him to cut all ties with Kelly and Asha watches in horror as she’s driven away in a police car.
Viewers didn’t see who brought Seb to the ground and repeatedly kicked him as Nina desperately tried to get away.
The young builder later died in hospital from his catastrophic injuries.