Cast Interviews

Ryan Clayton Interview

Coronation Street newcomer Ryan Clayton, who plays Josh, discusses the difficult subject of male rape and what's to come in David Platt's story.

What sort of person has Josh been careful to portray to the Street?

We have seen that side of him that he is possibly not all that he seems but David and Josh were bonding and getting along with each other. Josh was being supportive to David and he has enjoyed being the centre of attention around the boxing match.

Tell us what happened when Josh was flirty with David.

Josh overheard Shona say something to David like, he can’t have Josh all to himself, and Josh clocks this. It is those opportunist moments that people like Josh look for.

What happened at the bar the next day?

It stems from what Josh has heard the previous day. Josh takes David out for what, in his head, he thinks is a date and he gets a lot of personal stuff out of David and gets him in a vulnerable state.

He makes sure David drinks far more than he does then he puts something in his drink to drug him.

Josh is an opportunist but has he had this plan in his head for a long time?

Josh is prepared because he has had to pick up the drugs. It is something that Josh has planned since overhearing what Shona said. It wasn’t ever a long term plan, in Josh’s head he just thinks, “I can pull tonight.” Josh thinks that they get on so in his head maybe David thinks the same.

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Leanne's Baby Bombshell

The truth is out about baby Oliver and now Leanne is going to have to pick up the pieces...

Jane Danson teases what's coming up in our exclusive interview!

I think Leanne always knew that one day this would all come out in the wash.

– Jane Danson

From the dramatic reveal in the Bistro and the one-take-wonder of THAT punch from Kym Marsh, Jane talks us through filming the jaw-dropping scenes.

And if that's not enough, Jane then looks to the future, hinting at what role Steve wants to take with Oliver and teasing the rollercoaster that is Nick and Leanne's relationship!

More Corrie...

New Love For Sinead And Daniel

With romance in the air, we spoke to Katie McGlynn and Rob Mallard about the blossoming relationship between Daniel and Sinead.

But with wounded Chesney on one side and pressure from Ken for Daniel to focus on his studies at the other, the course of true love never did run smooth!

Get a hint of what to come in our exclusive interview.


Goodbye Andy

As Andy meets his demise at the hands of Phelan we spoke to Oliver Farnworth about his time on the show.


How did you feel when you found out how Andy was going to go?

It was bittersweet because as much as no one likes to leave any lovely job with amazing people, when the storylines were pitched to me I thought, ‘What a great challenge, what a way to go.’

Have you enjoyed your time on the show?

I have, it has been amazing and when I filmed my last scene in The Rovers it all got a bit emotional. I will miss the job, I will miss the work but on the flipside I will miss the Coronation Street family the most and I will always carry those memories of great times with me. It is like a real family - you don’t have to see them all the time but you can reunite with them further down the line. I am looking forward to keeping in touch with everyone.

Although Phelan indirectly helped Michael’s death, Andy is one of Phelan’s first victims, how do you feel about that?

Obviously Michael was Phelan’s first victim inadvertently as far as the fact that he didn’t help him, he left him there! So Andy goes up against him to avenge Michael’s death and he does his best, he tries! But I feel honoured to be on the list of Phelan's victims and one of his first.

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Bethany's Crush

Bethany's fallen for Gary but he's going out with her mum! Lucy Fallon talks about how this could get awkward...

Why is Bethany so smitten with Gary?

Gary has shown an interest in Bethany by helping her out with her problems at school and taking her under his wing but because Bethany is young she sees that as that he has feelings for her.

The feelings have developed because he has been so nice to her. And there’s been a lot going on at home for The Platts too and so just because the bullying has stopped for Bethany, everyone may think that she is fine but she’s not and Gary can see that.

When Bethany asks him round to Nick’s flat it’s not necessarily obvious to him what she means?

At first, when she asks him to come round he thinks it’s because the whole family is going to be there but when he turns up Bethany isn’t there, Sarah is. So at that point Gary thinks Bethany has set this up for the pair of them.

What does Bethany think is going to happen when she sets up that date?

Well she has put a lasagne in the oven and set up candles on the table! This is Bethany’s way of trying to show Gary that she is grown up. She wants it to be just the two of them on an intimate level so she can tell him that she does have feelings for him and hopefully he will say it back.

So what happens when she returns?

Bethany has gone to get some candles and when she comes back, she sees Gary and Sarah on the balcony having a smooch.

Bethany gets the wrong end of the stick when she eavesdrops on Gary.

Do you think Bethany will resent Sarah for this?

I don’t think Bethany does because she feels more foolish and embarrassed for herself. She doesn’t feel angry towards Sarah because she knows it’s not Sarah’s fault, she just feels really humiliated and it chips away at her confidence.

Does this change her feelings towards him?

I think Bethany still has feelings for Gary but she is trying to push them to the side because Sarah wants to do things as a family, with Gary. But the feelings are still there and that may cause problems in the future…

Do you think she would be able to cope with having him around all the time as her mum’s boyfriend?

I think that would be quite problematic, I think she would go off the rails if that happened.

Passions run high for Gary and Sarah

Do you think she would want to cause trouble for them?

No, I don’t think Bethany wants to cause trouble for Sarah and Gary. She may accidentally cause trouble but she knows that everybody has been through a lot. I think she has grown up as a character. She doesn’t want to hurt people now whereas she may have done before when she was a bit gobbier - now she is more vulnerable.

What is it like working with Mikey North?

Mikey is really nice, he is so chilled and really fun to work with. And I think he is really enjoying working with The Platts as well.

Would you like to see Bethany find a boyfriend closer to her own age?

Bethany thinks that anybody her age is really immature and she can’t be bothered with them, that is why she has no friends as well.

We have seen her have feelings for Callum and now she has feelings for Gary - she’s always been interested in who her mum is seeing! But she has also always been interested in people who are older and I think her vulnerability is going to cause her problems in the future

Do you enjoying playing this role? Do you like how Bethany has developed?

Yes, I think that everybody seems to like her character now whereas at first I think that a lot of people thought she was gobby.

But after the bullying storyline unfolded and her crush with Gary, we have seen her vulnerable side. I am happy that she has changed as a character but she still has that gobby side to her sometimes.

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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