Coronation Street star Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone Dobbs on the popular show, has said that he feels uncomfortable at award ceremonies.

The  actor, who has been nominated for four gongs at this year's Soap Awards in the Best Storyline, Best Episode, Best On-screen Partnership and Best Actor categories, has said he would rather go and have a pint at these events.

This year viewers saw Tyrone become a victim of physical abuse at the hands of his partner Kirsty Soames.

Speaking to  the Mirror about the controversial storyline, Alan said: "A story like that is what every actor dreams of.

"Domestic violence that way round was so new to the UK audience. You want to get it right because it's never been done before.

"Everywhere I went it was, 'You need to leave Kirsty and get with Fiz. You need to tell someone she's hitting you'. It got an amazing reaction."

Despite not being a fan of attending the events, Alan did admit that he feels honoured to be up for so many awards, saying: "I don't think I've got my head around it just yet because it's been a brilliant story and I've loved every single minute of doing it.

"And to get nominated in a few categories, I'm thrilled. The main one being a public vote means a lot - at least people have appreciated the story. I'm over the moon."

The 2013 British Soap Awards air on Sunday (May 19) at 8pm on ITV.