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Jessica Sansome

Coronation Street star Colson Smith opens up on 'disheartening' condition as he make conscious decision

Coronation Street star Colson Smith has admitted to being left 'disheartened' after he was told he has a skin condition that should, hopefully, only be temporary. The actor, who plays Craig Tinkle in the ITV soap, opened up about his health on the Sofa Cinema Club podcast he hosts with his co-stars.

He shared, alongside Jack P Shepherd and Ben Price, who are famed for playing David Platt and Nick Tilsley on the cobbles, spoke about how he has been suffering from Chronic idiopathic urticaria, which sees red, itchy skin welts appear on the body and last more than six weeks, since the beginning of the year.

Colson said he gets rashes all over his body in different places, without knowing what caused them or why and shared how he had an outbreak on Tuesday, just hours before appearing on the This Morning sofa alongside Jack.

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"At the moment, I’ve got this Chronic idiotic urticaria [Chronic idiopathic urticaria]," the 24-year-old said on the podcast. "I went, ‘Why has it got the middle word?’ She [the GP] said it has no pattern, it happens for no reason. It’s not one thing." He then added: "Jack thinks it is Tangfastics, or Nando’s."

He said he's on medication to keep his condition under control but he feared this week’s outbreak would leave him looking like he had undergone lip filler injections during his live TV appearance. "It is bizarre. It just about went down [before This Morning]. I could feel it when I was there, but you couldn’t fully notice it. I was worried I was going to go on TV looking like I had lip filler," Colson said.

He added that doctors told him it would stop after six months but confessed has made the conscious decision to wear long sleeves since January to cover up his rashes.

Colson had a flare-up before appearing on This Morning this week (ITV)

Earlier this week, Colson revealed which reality show he'd love to take part in - and he'd be following in the footsteps of many past and present soap stars. However, if he does get the call about appearing on the hit ITV programme, the actor has made his first mistake.

Colson has played now-Weatherfield cop CraigTinker in Corrie since 2011 and last year, fans got to see him in a whole new light as he took part in The Games. The show, hosted by Holly Willoughby and Freddie Flintoff, saw 12 celebrities - including Colson - battle it out in a sporting spectacular event across a week of live programmes.

And it appears the soap star wants to challenge himself further by taking part in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here. Taking part in a Q&A on his Instagram Story, Colson was asked: "What TV shows would you like to do?" and as he travelled from London to Manchester after appearing on This Morning, he typed in reply: "100% the Jungle," adding the Australian flag, palm tree and snake emoji.

However, in an earlier response, Colsonr revealed his phobias as he simply replied to a follower: "SNAKES," alongside the snake emoji. And if he did get the call to jet Down Under and appear on the Ant and Dec-fronted show, there is no doubt he'd be faced with the scaled reptiles.


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