Jane Neilson is best known for being the wife of David Neilson an English actor who is best known for his role as cafe owner Roy Cropper in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street, which he has played from 1995 until 2021.
Jane Neilson and David Neilson
David married his wife Jane over 47 years ago way before his success at the ITV’s Coronation Street. The couple is happily married to date even though David unlike his character on Coronation Street likes to keep his personal life under wraps.
Jane is a special needs teacher and works with people with autism. It was her job that helped David when he was the first cast as Roy in Coronation Street. Speaking in an interview with The Mirror back in 2009: “Roy was a psychopath. He was stalking Deirdre and was a bit scary. It’s nice to play psychos, but they don’t stay around too long.
“My wife is a special needs teacher and she worked with people with autism. She said Roy could have Asperger’s syndrome, making him socially inept, rather than menacing. Nobody really knew what Asperger’s was back in 1995, so it’s my wife I owe it to.
“It’s never mentioned in the story though, and it shouldn’t be – Roy is a human being, and a label doesn’t help him. But I think he’s got it. It gives him reasons for his behaviour and gives me something to play. I enjoy idiosyncrasies in people and Roy is full of them.”
He explained that not many people knew what this condition was back in the 90s and that he owed it to his wife for explaining it to him.
David and Jane have one child together, a son named Daniel Nelson who is currently 38 years old (as of 2021). The actor’s son shares some similarities with this father as they are both massive Leicestershire football fans. Daniel has made David a grandfather twice when he welcomed his two daughters.
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