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.
Can Kevin trust him?
Kevin’s been around the block a bit, there’s no flies on him. He’s biding his time with Phelan, he thinks he seems OK and Kevin thinks Phelan has been fairly straight with him so he can’t see there being any problems. Kevin is giving Phelan the benefit of the doubt.
Is anyone a match for Phelan?
Oh there are many matches for Phelan! There are some really strong characters on the Street who could give him a run for his money, but the trouble is, a lot of them do tend to give people the benefit of the doubt until you cross them. Then they’re on to you!
Did you get a hard time from viewers last time you were on?
I think people enjoyed watching Phelan, despite how bad he was I think they enjoyed watching the character! One day, I had a full on beard and my overalls on and I see this little old lady staring at me and locked eyes with me. She came up to me and said “I just want to give you one of those right on the chin!”. I said let’s have a cuppa and a biscuit and have a chat! (laughs). So overall people really enjoyed the drama and the character of Phelan.
Are people set to be equally shocked by Phelan’s behaviour this time around?
All I can say is the writers once again have done a wonderful job with Phelan. This guy is three-dimensional. I can only hope I do him justice, but the writers have created a lot of layers for him. Expect the unexpected from Phelan.
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