Coronation Street fans were left horrified late week as Nick Tilsley was revealed as the thief who stole grandmother Audrey Roberts’ £80,000 savings, putting him firmly in the frame to become the upcoming ‘super-villain’ .
And actor Ben Price has added fuel to the fire by teasing Nick’s plans for the money and his big feud with brother David Platt. He also revealed that Nick definitely has a "superiority complex" and "looks down" on his fellow Weatherfield residents.
Opening up about whether he felt that stealing the money had shown a different side to Nick, Ben said: "I don’t think he sees it as stealing the money, I think he genuinely believes he is going to give it back.
"He has got himself into a bit of deep water with his ex wife, the new relationship with Leanne, the factory, he always needs a business so the money is what will sort all of this out. It was a business opportunity for him."
Nick Tilsley was revealed to have stolen Audrey’s money last week
He stole £80,000 from his grandmother
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Ben revealed that Nick had thoroughly planned out stealing the money and said that his dark side had evolved after being "messed around" by various people and is trying to "take control".
"He always planned to put the blame on Lewis and somehow get it back to her," Ben said. "He also imagined that it wasn’t hers originally it is not really hers to lose, she hadn’t expected to get it so it wasn’t her savings, her hard earned cash. He actually thinks she never had it.
"He has a bit more of an edge to him than he did before, he has been messed around a lot. Carla messed him around, Leanne did, his ex wife is now trying to ruin him. He is trying to take control."
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Nick, Ben said, also felt that he wasn’t stealing the money only "borrowing" it and that he would eventually give it back.
"He is a bit crazy buying things though, that has got to look suspicious but money is very important to Nick, image and money and he will do a lot to keep that," he explained.
And it looks like his relationship with Leanne might not be quite as lovey-dovey as fans may have first thought.
"Nick thinks that the image is partly what Leanne wants, the security and the money so it is important for him to keep that going," he said.
Opening up about Nick’s superiority complex, Ben said: "On the street he likes to think he towers above people a bit, he has a superiority complex, he would never work in the garage for example.
He planned to blame it all on Audrey’s partner Lewis
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"He looks down a little bit on some of the residents, you need a character like that. That is why for me I am always so insistent he is in a suit so it seperates Nick from other characters and gives him that air of superiority.
"He thinks he might have grown up on the same street as the other people but he is the one that got away and made good and now he has to maintain that even if it is not actually the truth."
So does Nick feel guilty at all about what he’s done?
"Yes I do believe he does," Ben revealed. "When Claudia is in the frame and other people are being looked at. He thought everyone would think it was Lewis, he’d pay Elsa off, get the factory and then give the cash back to Audrey somehow and save the day."
Audrey was left heartbroken thinking that Lewis was to blame
However his brother David later becomes suspicious of Nick as he knows what he is capable of.
"Audrey and Gail would never believe Nick could do something like that David knows different," Ben explained. "He doesn’t trust him. He girls in the Platt family are pretty cool and fundamentally good people but the brothers are not."
Later, his accomplice Natalie turns up and tries to blackmail him – but he isn’t too worried about it.
Ben revealed: "He is fairly relaxed about it, she is an irritant but the fact that she is only asking for £2000 and yet he got her to withdraw £80000 he knows she is not a real threat, but the fact that he got someone else involved is obviously a weak link in his plan."
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After discovering the truth, David is set to use the information against him.
"This is a secret that Nick needs David to keep and David is going to use that to his full advantage," Ben said. "This is going to be a ticking time bomb for the brothers and the family."
How will this affect the Platts if and when the truth comes out?
"This is something different to what they have dealt with before," Ben explained. "Usually their problems come from someone on the outside causing them issues and threatening the family and they all pull together but this time the issue is within. It will divide loyalties and will really test the family."
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