A CORONATION Street star broke down in hysterical sobbing when he was being axed – and kept his job, a top celebrity agent has revealed.
Best-selling author Melanie Blake has used her years representing the top soap stars in the UK to inspire her to reveal the incident from the unnamed current star.
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In her new book Ruthless Women, there is a scene where a male soap star is being axed from fictional soap Falcon Bay but breaks down and begs for his job.
And Melanie has now revealed the scene was inspired by a real-life account of a current Coronation Street star.
She told Digital Spy: "That's actually a true story. There's an actor on Coronation Street right now that literally begged a female producer.
"When she called him in to fire him, he literally begged her on his knees and sobbed hysterically.
"It was so awful that she actually ended up not firing him – and he's still in the show to this day.
"It's funny because I knew that story and then a few people who I know have read the book and said: 'Oh, that's him!'"
Melanie also revealed some of the high profile soap stories she has been responsible for including bringing EastEnders' Kathy Beale back from the dead.
She added: "I personally brought Gillian Taylforth back from the dead as Kathy Beale in EastEnders.
"I brought Danniella Westbrook back to EastEnders after her role as Sam Mitchell had been recast.
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"I suggested Claire King could come back to Emmerdale and I put Beverley Callard back into The Rovers.
"I've had some amazing power play experiences playing the soap roulette game. I don't think people understand how powerful agents are."
Ruthless Women by Melanie Blake is published by Head of Zeus today, February 18 in hardback, £12.99.
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