Coronation Street actor Jamie Kenna has shared a message for those feeling lonely on Christmas Day.
The soap star, who plays lovelorn character Phill Whittaker on the ITV series, said the festive period can “rub salt in the wound” when you’re going through tough times.
In a video posted on Instagram, Kenna, who spent her Christmas day with TV’s Louie Spence, said: “I love Christmas, Christmas is my favorite time of year.
“I have two young children and I can live vicariously off of them and the whole Santa thing and all that is amazing.
“But I’ve had my dark times too, and I know what that feels like, and when you’re in one of those dark spots or if you know people who are in one of those dark spots, Christmas can be very terrible.
“It can really rub salt in the wound when you should be feeling happy, full of love and good spirits, but really all you want to do is hide under a duvet.”
The actor, who last appeared on Cobbles in July this year, said he wants to reach people who are feeling lonely.
Kenna, who also plays Billy Mills in Peaky Blinders, said: “Don’t feel like you’re killing someone’s Christmas buzz by talking about it, don’t feel like you’re going to ruin someone’s Christmas with how to pick up the phone – just do it and not be alone.
“If now is the time to reach out then do it, because I know this is the hardest time of the year because you feel so lonely and isolated and that you are going to be the Grinch, but you are not, you’re really not.
“Christmas is about being around the people you love and care about and it could be someone you haven’t talked to in years and suddenly they pick up the phone.
“So just be aware of that, be aware of the people around you, and if you’re feeling this way, reach out, reach out and say something and you won’t regret it. I promise.”
He ended the touching message with “peace and love”.
During his time on Coronation Street, his character suffered a broken wedding day after being thrown at his wedding reception by Fiz Stape, played by Jennie McAlpine.
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