Coronation Street star unveiled! Joe Duttine discusses Tim Metcalfe’s struggle with Erectile Dysfunction

In an open interview at West End Ivy restaurant during a conference hosted by Eroxon® launching new research about the distressing mental impact of Erectile Dysfunction (ED), we sat down with Joe Duttine, best known for his portrayal of Tim Metcalfe on Coronation Street. From navigating challenging storylines to addressing real-life issues, Joe provides valuable insights into his character’s journey with erectile dysfunction (ED) and its significance on and off-screen. Delving into the complexities of storytelling, Joe sheds light on the importance of raising awareness and sparking conversations about sensitive topics. Let’s uncover the behind-the-scenes perspective of one of Britain’s most beloved actors and the impactful narratives he helps bring to life.

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Q: How did you feel when you first saw the Coronation script/heard about the storyline on ED?

Joe Duttine (JD): When I first saw the Coronation script about Tim developing erectile dysfunction (ED) after a triple bypass, I knew it was going to be an emotional one. Sex is important in Tim and Sally’s relationship, and the storyline touched on a common but often taboo issue faced by many men.

Q: Did you have any ideas or preconceptions about ED or Coronation Street?

JD: I knew ED was a common issue, but I didn’t realise how prevalent it was or the impact it could have on relationships. As for Coronation Street, I’ve been on the show for about ten years and have seen my character, Tim, go through various ups and downs, so I was prepared for another meaty storyline.

Joe Duttine coronation street star with Monica Costa at The Ivy restaurant

Q: Have you faced any backlash or positive feedback since the storyline ran?

JD: The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Many viewers appreciated the show tackling such an important issue, and I’ve received messages from people thanking me for helping to raise awareness. Of course, there were some negative comments, but they were far outweighed by the support.

Q: What did your friends say?

JD: My friends have been supportive, as they always are. They understand that as an actor, I take on challenging roles to help tell important stories, and they’ve been there for me throughout this journey.

Q: Do you think Tim and Sally’s relationship is stronger now, having gone through this together?

JD: Absolutely. Going through such a challenging experience together can either tear a couple apart or bring them closer together. In Tim and Sally’s case, it strengthened their bond and highlighted the importance of communication and support in a relationship.

Q: What has your real wife had to say about your screen wife and your erratic communication?

JD: My real wife understands that it’s all part of the job. She knows that acting sometimes requires portraying difficult situations, and she’s always been supportive of my career choices. We have open communication in our relationship, which I believe is key to navigating any challenges that come our way.

Q: How did you prepare for portraying Tim’s struggles with ED?

JD: I did a lot of research on the topic, including speaking with medical professionals and reading personal accounts from men who have experienced ED. I wanted to approach the storyline with sensitivity and accuracy, so I made sure to understand the physical and emotional aspects of the condition.

Q: What was it like filming the scenes where Tim confronts his ED?

JD: It was challenging, but also incredibly rewarding. I wanted to convey Tim’s vulnerability and fear while also showing his determination to overcome the issue. The scenes were intense, but I think they resonated with viewers because they felt authentic and honest.

Q: Do you hope the storyline will encourage more open discussions about ED?

JD: Absolutely. ED is a common issue that affects millions of men, yet there is still a stigma surrounding it. I hope that by addressing the topic in a sensitive and realistic way, we can help break down barriers and encourage men to seek help and support when they need it.


The study conducted by Eroxon® has revealed the significant mental toll of ED, with 67% of sufferers admitting to feeling ashamed or embarrassed. The research highlights the distressing impact of ED on men’s emotional health, with nearly half of them experiencing reduced confidence and emotional struggles. Moreover, ED can strain relationships, with 90% of men reporting strain and 39% experiencing heartbreak. Coronation Street actor Joe Duttine, who portrayed a character with ED, emphasises the importance of destigmatising ED through open conversations. On the positive side, Eroxon®, an over-the-counter topical gel, offers a fast solution, achieving erections within 10 minutes for over 60% of men. Clinical trials have demonstrated its effectiveness in treating mild to severe ED, providing hope for those struggling with this condition. With its accessibility and efficacy, this ailment aims to alleviate the mental burden faced by ED sufferers and foster healthier relationships.

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