Tyrone was the all-but surrogate son of Bill's character Jack Duckworth and the actors became very close off-screen too. Bill died last November and it seems that Alan is finding it difficult to recover.
Lucy-Jo said: "Losing Bill has affected us both but it has hit Al especially hard. In his early days at Corrie he was like a surrogate dad to Al and guided him. He taught him how to be professional and shared his words of wisdom. He will always be a legend and Al will never forget what he's done for him. We're still in touch with Bill's wife Alma. She knows what a close bond they had so she gave Al Bill's watch, which he never takes off."
She went on to praise her husband for his National Television Award nomination: "Finally, after 15 years at Corrie, he's got a bit of recognition and I'm so proud of him but he thoroughly deserves it. I've been in awe of his performances. Some scenes have had me in tears. He never watches himself on telly so I do a series link and watch when he's filming at the studio. I'd love to sit him down and just say, 'Please watch this because this is how good you are', but he just thinks of it as his job and takes it all with a pinch of salt. He's had brilliant storylines but domestic violence, especially when it happens to a man, is a sensitive subject and Al's not gone into it lightly."