Who is Seb Franklin actor Harry Visinoni? Inside the Coronation star’s life off-screen

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Harry Visinoni is currently lighting up the screen on Coronation Street, after arriving on the cobbles five years ago to play Seb Franklin.

Seb is currently involved in a major storyline featuring him and his girlfriend, Nina Lucas, being the victims of a vicious and unprovoked hate crime.

The storyline has touched audiences especially as it remembers and reflects the real-life murder of Sophie Lancaster, who was killed in 2007.

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But who is the Manchester-born actor who plays Nina’s boyfriend Seb? Here is everything you need to know…

Coronation Street marked Harry’s first acting job after completing his training at Manchester’s School Of Acting age 18.

Speaking about landing Corrie as his first job, Harry previously said: "It feels like everyone went off to university and this has been my university, it has been the best education that one could ask for."

The 23-year-old is the son of professional ice skater Lucy Thompson who was British Champion in 1987.

"My mum was an ice dancer when she was younger before she got married and had children which is why she ended up stopping," he said.

"She was the British Champion at one point and that was her life up until the kids took over. She is still heavily involved in it and potentially on the cards to judge the Olympics in the next few years."

Harry, who was labelled an 'impertinent twerp' by Piers Morgan after the script namechecked the former GMB host last week, has said that entertainment is “in his blood”, and his siblings also aren’t shy of the limelight.

"My older brother is a drummer in a band, they played around Manchester quite a lot, pre Covid, and have released music on Spotify.

"My younger sister is now following in my mum’s footsteps in terms of her ice skating, she has won competitions," he told Manchester Evening News.

In his spare time, Harry loves to snowboard, box, play chess and listen to music. He is also a keen cook.

Harry has been dating his girlfriend Ellie Issacs for just over a year and the pair are often pictured together on the TV star’s social media.

Harry has worked tirelessly to ensure his part in the current storyline is performed with respect for Sophie Lancaster’s family.

The actor worked closely with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation led by Sophie’s Mum Sylvia to ensure he played the part sensitively and accurately.

Sophie and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were targeted for dressing alternatively which resulted in an unprovoked attack that only Robert survived.

Speaking about the soap’s decision to tackle the issue, Harry has said he hopes it will educate and “start a conversation in people’s living rooms”.

“I would hope that this storyline forms a part of a greater process of educating on the importance of eradicating prejudice, and protecting everyone’s right to be who they are and feel safe,” he said.

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