Rob Mallard, 27, first arrived on the cobbled streets of Coronation Street at the end of 2016. His time on the show has been eventful to say the least. His character, Daniel Osbourne, is currently dealing with the emotional fallout of losing his wife Sinead Tinker (played by Katie McGylnn) to cancer. The soap star’s personal life has also taken some dramatic twists and turns. In March last year, he made an emotional admission on ITV’s This Morning.
After originally appearing on the daytime talk show back in March last year, Rob received a negative backlash on social media. Viewers of the show took shots at his conduct, criticising his apparent shaking and accusing the star of being drunk.
Reeling from the comments, the soap star went back on the two months later to explain his behaviour. The soap star revealed his shaking was a symptom of chronic health condition he has been battling for a decade known as essential tremor.
According to Mayo Clinic, essential tremor is a nervous system (neurological) disorder that causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking.
Rob revealed the symptoms mainly affect his hands
As the health site explained, it can affect almost any part of a person’s body, but the trembling occurs most often in your hands. The symptoms can seem particularly acute when attempting simple tasks, such as drinking from a glass or tying shoelaces, the health site notes.
Rob revealed the symptoms mainly affect his hands, but acknowledges that the condition may spread other parts of his body, such as his voice box and spine.
In a heartfelt admission, the soap star said he felt “exposed” and “embarrassed” by viewers comments.
Refusing to let it knock his confidence, the actor felt compelled to encourage others to come forward.
He said: “It’s nearly ten years I’ve been aware of it now, my solution to it was to hide and manage, because of the job that I’m in it could really have a detrimental effect on my ability to get cast.
“It was something I tried to keep a lid on.
“But once it was exposed live on TV, at first I was incredibly embarrassed, incredibly embarrassed, and then angry, and then I started getting lots of messages off people on Twitter saying ‘me too’.
“So I thought well there’s been an unnecessary spotlight that’s been thrown on me here, and instead of just leaving it and letting it pass me by I can instead redirect it onto something useful.”
According to Mayo Clinic, the condition is not life-threatening, but symptoms usually become more pronounced over time.
As the health body explains, essential tremor symptoms tend to:
- Begin gradually, usually more prominently on one side of the body
- Worsen with movement
- Usually occur in the hands first, affecting one hand or both hands
- Can include a “yes-yes” or “no-no” motion of the head
- May be aggravated by emotional stress, fatigue, caffeine or temperature extremes
Fellow Corrie star Simon Gregson has also faced a health battle.
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