Corrie's Lucy Fallon: Why I don't want Bethany Platt to be happy

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Lucy says Bethany won't react well when she finds out the truth about Kayla

Coronation Street star Lucy Fallon says she doesn’t want her character Bethany Platt to be happy because it wouldn’t be “challenging” to play.

Lucy has had a string of hard-hitting storylines since joining the soap in 2015, and hit the headlines last year when Bethany was groomed by salon owner Nathan Curtis – an ordeal which continues to haunt the teen.

In an exclusive interview with TV Times, the 22 year old said she didn't want Bethany to have lighter stories: “Everyone expects me to say that I want her to have happy storylines but I don’t, because the happy storylines aren’t as challenging to play.”

Viewers now know that Kayla (Mollie Winnard) is the daughter of Neil Clifton, who was jailed for abusing Bethany. So, how will Bethany react when she discovers Kayla’s true identity?

“She already knows there is something weird about Kayla," adds Lucy, "but she will not be expecting Kayla to be Neil’s daughter and I don’t think she is going to handle that very well because it is going to bring all the horrible memories that she has back.”

Meanwhile, Lucy says that she doesn’t see Bethany’s future with Craig Tinker (Colson Smith), saying that she thinks they are “better as friends”.

Coronation Street continues on ITV - please note that the times and dates of episodes could change due to the World Cup.

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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