Coronation Street star Julia Goulding on the best thing about being back on the soap

Julia Goulding as Shona on the Coronation Street cobbles
Happy return: Julia Goulding is back in Coronation Street as Shona Platt. (Image credit: ITV)

Coronation Street star Julia Goulding has spoken about her return to the ITV soap as Shona Platt, after taking maternity leave, and revealed why it’s so good to be back.

Though the 37-year-old is delighted to be reunited with her Coronation Street co-stars for more dramatic plots, much of her excitement is down to the humble British cuppa.

Julia, who gave birth to her second child last November — a baby girl whom she and her teacher husband Ben Silver named Emmeline Beanie — says that being back at Coronation Street means she can finally have a proper brew.

“It’s wonderful,” says Julia, who has also a three-year-old son, Franklin. “My husband is on paternity leave as we’re doing shared parental leave, so I get to come to work and have an actual hot cup of tea without having a child hanging off me. 

“‘It’s really nice to be able to sit in the green room and have a brew and a conversation. Not that I don’t absolutely love being at home, because I do… But it’s nice to have that brew!”

Maria is stunned when David Platt tries to kiss her.

Comfort kiss: David (Jack P Shepherd) made a move on Maria (Samia Longchambon) shortly before Shona's return. (Image credit: ITV)

Shona temporarily departed the cobbles in January, when she accompanied stepdaughter Lily to London for a football training camp. 

She returned to Weatherfield last week to support struggling David in the wake of Max’s incarceration, but it looked like she would be leaving once again after learning that her drunken husband had made a pass at hairdresser Maria Connor.

Shona, however, ultimately forgave David, and Julia says the coming months will see a more united Platt family after a difficult few months in which Max was caught up in Griff Reynolds’ sinister far-right gang.

Coronation Street Max Turner

Inside story: Max (Paddy Bever) has been sent down for his recent racist activity. (Image credit: ITV)

“It’s definitely a journey about parenthood, and how David and Shona deal with it, and all the trials and tribulations,” says Julia. 

“They’ve got Lily as well, and it’s about making her still feel important and part of the family, because a lot of the focus is on Max.”

She adds, “Shona is developing into a very complex but really grounded person, which I really love. She has got certain sides to her because of her brain injury, but we are seeing more stability within her as a character. 

“It means you’ve got the drama, but still the quirks and the comedy stuff as well.”

Coronation Street airs hour-long episodes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 pm on ITV — see our TV Guide for full listings. You can also catch up on episodes on ITVX.

Alison Slade
Soaps Editor
Alison Slade has over 20 years of experience as a TV journalist and has spent the vast majority of that time as Soap Editor of TV Times magazine.  She is passionate about the ability of soaps to change the world by presenting important, issue-based stories about real people in a relatable way. There are few soap actors that she hasn’t interviewed over the years, and her expertise in the genre means she has been called upon as a judge numerous times for The British Soap Awards and the BAFTA TV Awards.

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