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Corrie's Rob Mallard reveals secret battle with neurological disease

The actor spoke out after fans noticed his 'shakes' during a live TV appearance

Gemma Strong

Rob Mallard has revealed he is suffering from a progressive neurological disease. The 25-year-old Coronation Street actor appeared on This Morning this week to speak about his condition, and said he felt compelled to do so after fans noticed his shaking during his appearance on the ITV show back in January. Rob, who plays Daniel Osbourne in Corrie, told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that he has suffered from the Parkinson's-like disease, which causes tremors in his hands and neck, since he was 14. "My solution has been to hide and manage," he said. "Because of the job that I'm in, it can have a detrimental effect on my ability to get cast. And then it was exposed on TV. I was embarrassed and then angry. But then I started getting messages saying, 'Me too'."

Coronation Street's Rob Mallard spoke about his neurological disease during an appearance on This Morning

Rob also spoke about the impact the disease could have on his future. "I didn’t have it from birth, but I don’t remember not having it. It was about 14-years-old when I first started to notice it," he shared. "It manifests first in the hands, and then it can spread so I sometimes get it in the back of my neck so my head will shake, which is I think what your viewers noticed last time.

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"It's a progressive disease, so by the time I'm 50, it could be in my voice box, down my back of the spine, the legs, the whole of the arms… It could be quite debilitating." Addressing initial public speculation about the cause of Rob's shakes, Holly remarked: "I think the thing we can all take away from this is, don’t jump to conclusions." The star replied: "It's like I've been outed and if I am going to be out, I am going to own it."

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