Coronation Street fans were in shock this week after Corrie actor Qasim Akhtar posted a photograph of his bloodied face on social media.
The Corrie heart-throb’s face looked like it had gone through a few rounds with Mike Tyson after he revealed that he had blacked out in a freak accident.
25-year-old Qasim, who plays Zeedan Nazir in the award-winning soap, was exercising at home when he lost consciousness and fell on the patio, leaving a painful looking cut over his right eye.
The actor, who is now recovering, has been flooded with concerned messages and well-wishes from his co-stars Sally Ann Matthews, Kym Marsh and Jane Danson.
He wrote on Instagram: “So, I’ve just got out of A and E. Training in the garden earlier – had a sudden rush of blood to my head and hit the stone deck face first after blacking out. Great start to the weekend.”
He later explained: “I think I just got an unusual amount of blood rush to my head and fainted.”
Kym, who plays Rovers Return barmaid Michelle Connor, asked: “Are you ok doll?” to which he replied: “I am now mrs. Codeine and rest for me this weekend.”
Jane, who plays pregnant Leanne Battersby, tweeted: “Aw love, hope you feel ok soon, that looks so sore x”
And he told Sally Ann, who plays Jenny Bradley: “I’m counting my blessings I didn’t land two feet to the right off the corner of a step.”
Brave Qasim admitted that his injury was ‘very very sore’ but tweeted that he will be ‘back in work tomorrow’.
He said: “I’m a soldier haha this won’t stop me. I’ll be back on it Monday.”
Qasim has been on the ITV soap since 2014, when he was cast as the son of Kal, played by Jimi Mistry. He has also played Chesney Karib in the Channel 4 show ‘Shameless’.