Cast Interviews

Romance for Rana?

There's definitely a spark between Rana and Zeedan so we asked Bhavna Limbachia whether it's more than just some cheeky flirting?

Can you tell us a bit about your character?

Rana is an old friend of Alya’s from university, she’s come to have a catch up with her friend. I’d say she’s a very confidant, sassy, ferocious character who’s very tenacious in the pursuit of anything she desires, whether it be a job or a man.

What does she think of Zeedan?

She sees him as a bit of a challenge - he’s a bit younger than her, he has this cocky air about him and I think as she gets to know him and the family she really starts to take a shine to him and admires his loyalty to his family.

How do the Nazir’s react when she cooks dinner for them?

Alya’s had quite a tough time with the whole Gary and Jason fiasco and with her dad dying so I think her grandparents are happy to have Rana around because she’s put a smile on Alya’s face again. I think Alya's quite relieved as well because Rana reminds her of her time at uni, the good old days, and I think she's grateful to have Rana there to inject a bit of happiness back into her life.

Is she trying to impress them?

Oh absolutely Rana is trying to impress them, she would manipulate any situation to get what she wants and at the moment she just wants to be in the Nazirs’ good books.

What happens between Rana and Jason? Is she trying to make Zeedan jealous, or does she genuinely like him?

Rana’s at the Bistro trying to get Zeedan’s attention, he’s playing it cool - treat them mean keep them keen, so to make Zeedan jealous she starts to flirt with Jason, not knowing the history of what happened between Jason and Alya.

So a bit of an awkward situation arises between Zeedan and Jason that Rana quite enjoys. I don’t think she has any genuine interest in Jason, she’s just having a bit of fun and enjoying the attention. Then when Zeedan shows his macho side she quite enjoys it.

Can you talk us through her kiss with Zeedan and how it comes about?

Zeedan’s had this confrontation with Jason and Alya’s explained to Rana in confidence what happened between her and Jason. So when Rana finds Zeedan on his own at work she uses the situation to go into the kitchen and have a little talk with him.

He apologises for his behaviour, she’s fine with it, then he remarks that she’s a bit full of herself. Rana is a very self assured confident character, so she kind of confronts him and says I know you fancy me, he says she’s full of herself, then she just goes for it, kisses him and smoothly walks away.

Could things be serious between them? Or is Rana likely to break Zeedan’s heart?

I think there’s a chance she could break his heart. He’s a lovely guy and she’s just enjoying the attention at the minute, enjoying the challenge, so who knows.

Were you a Corrie fans before you joined the show?

Yes I definitely was, I was a big fan of Corrie while growing up, I think being a Northerner I’ve always been able to relate to it from a young age.

I love the way the writers write for the female characters, I think they’re very strong, I love Carla Connor and Tracy Barlow, quite big strong characters. It’s why I love playing Rana, I think she’s great, she’s so much fun to play, very unapologetic and confident and I love that, it empowers women.

What was your first day on set like?

I had a scene where I had to eat sardines and I think I was more nervous about eating the sardines, because I absolutely hate them, than doing the actual scene. On one of the takes I got so carried away I took a massive bite of the sardines then I thought I’m just going to have to commit to this now and swallow it!

As soon as I arrived on set everyone was really warm and welcoming so it put me at ease straight away. It was very surreal being in the Nazirs house because I’ve seen it so much on telly.

Has anyone taken you under their wing and looked after you?

Sair and Qasim have both been really lovely and shown me around and shown me how everything works. I really get on with Connor McIntyre as well because I’ve worked with him before, we talk about art a lot because he’s a really good artist.

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Bethany's Bullies

Bethany starts having a rough time at school when a gang of girls start picking on her.

Lucy Fallon hints at the drama to come.

Bethany can't deal with it because how she's feeling inside.

– Lucy Fallon

Despite her bolshy attitude poor Bethany has been bottling all this up for weeks without telling anyone.

It all comes to a head at Sarah's baby shower where Bethany lashes out, causing a scene and ruining the cake!

Can Bethany find someone she trusts to talk to?

ADVICE: Bullying at School

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Tracy's Ultimatum

Hold on to your hats - Tracy is about to confront Carla about her one night stand with Robert! Kate Ford teases the dramatic showdown!

Tracy now holds all the cards and she wants Carla out of Weatherfield once and for all!

– Kate Ford

Tracy's rage has been quietly bubbling away ever since she found out that Robert slept with her mortal enemy, but spotting a moment of weakness for Carla she pounces and Carla's worst nightmare unfolds in front of her.

Will Carla bow down to her demands and leave Weatherfield for good?

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Here's Jenny!

Jenny Bradley's back! We asked Sally Ann Matthews whether she thinks the Websters will forgive and forget...

Everybody's thrilled to see her...

– Sally Ann Matthews

It's fair to say that after running to Hull with Jack, Jenny didn't leave under the best of circumstances (don't mention the wig!).

But Jenny went away, dealt with her issues and, with the help of Rita, has returned with every intention of making amends.

And then Jack goes missing...

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Who is Jenny Bradley?

Rita's reconnecting with Jenny so we thought it's about time you did to! Here's a couple of videos to make sure you're up to speed.

Jenny's return

Up until last year it had been 21 years since Jenny Bradley was last in Weatherfield, so we sat Sally Ann Matthews down to go through what trouble Jenny got into the first time she was on the Street!

Jenny's departure

Join Sally Ann Matthews as she recounts the roller coaster that has been Jenny Bradley's five months on Coronation Street.

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Anna's Phelan The Pressure

We sat Debbie Rush down to ask what Anna is planning to do now that Phelan is back on the scene?

Anna can't bring herself to tell Kevin the secret.

– Debbie Rush

Anna's in a tight spot, just as she's taking the first cautious steps into a new relationship with Kevin, Phelan returns to throw a spanner in the works.

She's ashamed of what she did to save her family from Phelan's grasp, but she's more concerned about what Gary will do when he lays eyes on him.

It's like her worst nightmare, happening all over again!

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We've got a bad Phelan about this...

Phelan's back and that means trouble for anyone who crosses his path! Connor McIntyre teases what's coming up.

How has Phelan come to be back on the Street?

Phelan has been caught out getting up to his usual tricks, but this time out in Dubai! He went there with Val and made a load of money but it turned sour. So, his bad behaviour has brought him back to Weatherfield! Phelan is now totally broke - which is also a reason why he comes back.

Does Kevin have any idea who he is?

As it stands when Phelan first arrives back, Kevin doesn’t have any clue who he is or what his history on the Street is. Phelan is banking on the fact that Anna won’t divulge the story to Kevin.

Why would he want to come back?

I think Phelan is a predator and Anna, at the time, happened to be the right tool for him to use to get what he wanted. It was all a power thing. So no, I don’t think his return is specific to Anna, but obviously he will encounter her and her family again. He has to adapt to his new situation of having no money and no work, so we will see how he handles that.

Does he still think he has the upper hand over Anna?

Phelan is always looking for the advantage and the upper hand. The fact that Anna might not want to divulge the whole story to anyone is a huge advantage for Phelan.

How does Anna react when she sees him?

Can you imagine? Her worst nightmare turning up just at the time when she’s starting to think things are finally looking up. Owen is no longer around either so she’s got to face him on her own.

Is he planning on ruining things between Kevin and Anna?

Phelan will want to ensure that whatever happens, Anna doesn’t disrupt his plans with Kevin. He will monitor that and keep an eye on it. He sees potential with Kevin career wise and will be back into the wheeling and dealing and the business trade.

What does he suggest he and Anna agree on?

He says to her if she doesn’t cause him any trouble, he won’t cause her any trouble. He doesn’t want anything to rock the boat - he acknowledges to her that he’s back, but says he will keep out of her way if she keeps out of his.

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Phelan's Back

Phelan's back and down on his luck. We spoke to Connor McIntyre about why that makes him more dangerous than ever!

It's about survival of the most adaptable.

– Connor McIntyre

Last time we saw Pat he swanned off into the sunset, leaving the Windasses in tatters after his indecent proposal with Anna.

But his wife Val has had enough and now he's broke and working as a labourer and that doesn't sit well with someone who gets his thrills from being in control.

So when he meets Jason and Kevin he sees an opportunity to build his way back up to the top - just as long as Anna doesn't stand in his way...

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