Coronation Street’s Johnny Connor reveals he has MS

Published date: 13 Jun 2017 at 12:30PM

Johnny Connor from Coronation Street. (Photo: ITV)

Coronation Street fans will be shocked to see character Johnny Connor admit he’s been diagnosed with MS.

We saw Johnny start experiencing symptoms such as vision problems, tremors and difficulties with balance and mobility back in April.

He tried to hide his diagnosis at first, but last night (14 June) he told his daughter Kate.

Working with us on the storyline

We’ve been working with the Corrie production team since late last year, providing information and advice about MS.

We also introduced them to MS specialists and people affected by the condition. This helped script writers, producers, and Richard Hawley who plays Johnny, understand what it’s like to live with MS.

Friendships formed

Richard Bones and his wife Jan visited the Corrie set earlier this year to talk to the actor about Richard’s MS. Richard was diagnosed in his early 20s and is the Chair of our Stockport and South East Manchester Group.

Richard Hawley has now become great friends with Richard Bones. He spoke to the Mirror about how the storyline has affected him personally: “From speaking with the MS Society I have learned you should try to get on with building creatively and positively, and try to be courageous. And I have tried to do a bit more and enjoy where I am and be engaged with life.

“We are in a time where life is about hope not fear, and caring for one another."

Tune in

Johnny revealed his MS diagnosis on 14 June on ITV.

If you missed it, tune in to the ombinus on ITV2 on

  • Saturday 17 June between 8.50am and 11:20am
  • Sunday 18 June from 9.45am to 12:10pm.

Join in the conversation using #corrie and @itvcorrie – we’ll be talking about it on our social media channels during and after the show.

MS information and support

If you’re affected by any of the themes raised in the episode, you can talk to us on the MS Helpline. It's open between 9am to 9pm on Monday and 9am to 7pm from Tuesday to Friday.

MS Helpline - 0808 800 8000 / helpline@mssociety.org.uk

Find out more about MS

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