What a life changing few weeks it has been!
I've gone from having a daily routine in my old life, to each day being different from the last in my new life. I'm getting to know Kirsty better and what makes her tick, and have had some wonderful scenes to film with Alan Halsall and Michelle Keegan. The characters of Tyrone and Tina bring out completely different sides of Kirsty – Tyrone allows her to be vulnerable, they share a similar sense of humour, and hopefully you will genuinely see them falling in love on screen. Tina on the other hand, provides a sparring partner for Kirsty – they get off on the wrong foot when they meet, and it continues to go downhill from there. What I find interesting is that they are actually quite similar in some ways – both being strong women – but they cannot see that, and it provides some lovely comic moments. I've also had the honour of filming with Barbara Knox (Rita). There is so much one can learn from her; the complexity of emotions expressed in a seemingly throwaway line, and her supreme elegance – a seal of approval from her was like a birthday honour from the Queen!
What is so wonderful about a process like joining Coronation Street, is that you really feel like you're going on a journey, and you take several million people with you. Not just your family and loved ones, not just the cast and crew, and not even just acquaintances who wish you well. The wave of support that comes from the loyal viewers and supporters of Corrie is overwhelming and heartwarming all at once, and is part of what makes the experience so special. I have had so many messages of encouragement and excitement for my screen debut on Twitter and Facebook, that I feel very much accepted and welcomed into the Corrie family.
So as I sit down to watch my first appearance, my phone is lighting up and I'm know I'm not alone. As my first scenes unfold, I can also see all the support that has happened on set and in the editing suite.
My fellow actors, who are always so generous with their interaction. The writers, who pepper the script with such humour and heart – the crew, who allow us to do our jobs with ease – setting our marks, supplying props, lighting and setting sound (to name a few of the many things they do!). The make-up and costume people, who make us look good (you don't want to see me before make-up have got hold of me at 6am!). The wonderful roster of directors, who know, in such a tight amount of time, how to find the right shot and bring out the best in us. And the people in the editing room, who pick the best shots, cut out our errors, and add atmosphere with music and sound effects. So much happens in such a short period in order for a single episode to make it to screen, and I'm honoured to be part of this exceptionally talented team.
Yes, my bags are packed, and I'm going on a thrilling journey with Coronation Street. And I just wanted to thank you for joining me!