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Coronation Street’s Sophiya Haque, 41, dies of cancer

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Actress Sophiya Haque has died after a short battle with cancer, it has been announced. Sophiya, 41, appeared in Corrie in 2008, playing barmaid Poppy Morales.

Her agent Oliver Thomson spoke about his client after she passed away peacefully in a London hospital, saying: “Sophiya was a wonderful actress, a wonderful client but so much more than that a wonderful friend. She was adored by everyone she worked with and will be deeply missed.”

Sophiya also had a successful stage career and had been appearing in Privates On Parade in the West End when she became ill with pneumonia. It is understood she developed a clot on her lungs.

Her uncle, Syed Haque called her “a loveable person and very beautiful,” the Evening Standard reported.

End of the world as we know it. But I’ll just sit and watch Corrie!

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

It seems frankly amazing to me, but according to research carried out by digital TV solution YouView over 1 in 10 of us would spend our last half an hour on planet Earth watching Coronation Street.

Apparently, should the world end tomorrow – as predicted by the Mayan Calendar – 11 per cent of us would rather spend our final moments on the sofa watching Corrie than doing something, let’s say, more physical with a loved one/passing stranger.

Other shows that we would choose to watch in the final moments include Dr Who (9%), Downton Abbey (9%), Homeland (8%) and Eastenders (7%).

Surprisingly very few would turn to their TV for some light-relief during their last hours on Earth, with no comedy programmes featuring in the top five at all.

Classic comedy Dad’s Army was the first to make an appearance in joint sixth place alongside Gavin and Stacey, with one in 20 (5%) of the 2,000 respondents surveyed looking for laughs in their last hours.

It may come as little shock to some that reality shows The Only Way Is Essex and Made in Chelsea failed to make it into the top ten at all, although together they were still the preferred pick for 3% of the nation.


For more information visit: http://www.youview.com

RIP Larry Hagman. Dallas’ JR Ewing hangs up his cowboy hat

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

RIP Larry Hagman

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Channel 5 Dallas launch party at Old Billinsgate in London. Picture date: Tuesday August 21, 2012

ALL IMAGES: PRESS ASSOCIATION

Larry Hagman has died at the age of 81.  The actor who spent more than a decade playing TV villain JR Ewing suffered from cancer and cirrhosis of the liver. He died in hospital on Friday afternoon according to a family statement.

Born in Texas, Hagman battled alcoholism for many years. Even on the hardworking set of Dallas, he consumed five bottles of champagne a day for years and was finally diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver in 1992.

Three years later he had a liver transplant and kept a photo of the organ donor above his mirror. “I say a prayer for him every morning,” he said.

Despite this, Hagman continued to drink secretly until a further life-saving operation in 2003 forced him to stop.

Hagman  first performed as JR Ewing in 1978 and became its highest-paid star, as the programme came to define 1980s excess. During 13 years as the most scheming oil tycoon in Dallas, JR in his Stetson became one of the most distinctive faces on television screens across the world.

It quickly became one of the network’s top-rated programmes – with its 356 episodes being seen by an estimated 300 million people in 57 countries . It was revived this year and is currently screened on Channel 5.

 

Bill Tarmey’s funeral details announced

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

BILL TARMEY.jpgThe funeral of the late Bill Tarmey will take next Tuesday at the Albion United Reform Church in Ashton-Under-Lyme, Greater Manchester.

Bill died at his home in Tenerife on November the 9th at the age of 71, he was, of course, famous for playing legendary Corrie character Jack Duckworth.

His family have asked that, in lieu of flowers, members of the public who wish to honour Bill’s memory do so by making a donation to the Brain Tumour Research charity. Bill’s son was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2009 and Bill subsequently became a patron of the charity. Donations can be made on a specially set up Justgiving page.

The Tarmey family released this statement: “Bill’s family are very grateful for the messages of condolence, comfort and support they are receiving from Bill’s friends, colleagues and members of the public at this very sad time.”

 

Ed Milliband shares his ‘one nation’ vision to Coronation Street’s Rovers Return regulars

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

ed miliband in the rovers.jpegLabour leader Ed Miliband chose to end his week at his party’s conference in Manchester with a visit to Weatherfield.

Mr Miliband went into the Rovers to meet Michelle Collins (Stella Price), Catherine Tyldesley (Eva Price) and Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) and out on the cobbles he spoke to Eileen Derbyshire (Emily Bishop and Malcolm Hebden (Norris Cole) during filming for scenes to air at Xmas.

After delivering his keynote at the conference without notes or autocue, Mr Miliband wanted to know how the actors managed to learn their lines to which Michelle Collins replied that actors sometimes cheat by hiding their lines on props like beer mats.

“It feels very real”, Mr Miliband said after being asked his thoughts on the set. He later admitted that he is usually too busy to watch the soap but that his wife, Justine, is a fan.

Via Corrieblog.tv

 

Geoffrey Hughes, best known as Coronation Street’s Eddie Yeats, passes away

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Geoffrey Hughes RIP

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The actor behind one of the best-loved Coronation Street characters has passed away. Geoffrey Hughes, who played lovable rogue Eddie Yeats from 1974 to 1983, died over the weekend after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 68.

Geoffrey brought a charm and likeability to the character of Eddie and his partnership with Stan and Hilda Ogden, with whom Eddie lodged, was responsible for some of the most memorable character comedy in the soap’s history. It was Eddie who created Hilda’s ‘muriel’ on which was mounted her famous flying ducks and he was always to be found trying to earn a dodgy crust by selling suspect goods while working as a window cleaner or bin man.

As well as Eddie Yeats, Geoffrey is remembered for his turns as Ounslow in Keeping Up Appearances, as Vernon Scripps in Heartbeat and as Twiggy in the Royle Family. In an early role he even provided the voice of Paul McCartney in the Yellow Submarine animated film.

Away from acting, Geoffrey owned a small holding, ran a wood supply company and was even made Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the Isle Of Wight, where he lived with his with Sue.

Here are some classic clips of Geoffrey in action.

British Soap Awards 2012: Michelle Keegan and Brooke Vincent pictures

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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Anna Shaffer arriving for the 2012 British Soap Awards at ITV London Studios, South Bank, London.

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The Corrie and Hollyoaks leading ladies stole the style show at this years British Soap Awards.

Doing it for the cobbles were Michelle Keegan, who went for a stunning midnight blue long backless frock, while Brooke Vincent also followed the backless trend in a purple plunge neck number.

Samia Smith kept it safe, yet stylish, in a simple black frock.

Over in the ‘Oaks camp Jennifer Metcalfe showed off her curves in a turquoise long bodycon frock, while Claire Cooper went for a slinky silver number. Anna Shaffer also stood out in a red vintage lace short frock.

Flying the fashion flag for Eastenders was Preeya Kalidas who went for a racey red strapless frock with empire line styling and Shona McGarty kept it simple in a black frock.

Making a special appearance was Emma Bunton who also kept it simple in a black batwing dress.

See the winners of the British Soap Awards below (via Digital Spy)

SEXIEST FEMALE (Last year’s winner was Michelle Keegan, Coronation Street)

Coronation Street: Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) – WINNER
EastEnders: Jacqueline Jossa (Lauren Branning)
EastEnders: Preeya Kalidas (Amira Masood)
Hollyoaks: Jorgie Porter (Theresa McQueen)

SEXIEST MALE (Last year’s winner was Scott Maslen, EastEnders)
Coronation Street: Chris Fountain (Tommy Duckworth)
EastEnders: Scott Maslen (Jack Branning) – WINNER
Emmerdale: Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe)
Hollyoaks: Danny Mac (Dodger Savage)

VILLAIN OF THE YEAR (Last year’s winner was Emmett Scanlan, Hollyoaks)

Coronation Street: Andrew Lancel (Frank Foster) – WINNER
EastEnders: Ace Bhatti (Yusef Khan)
EastEnders: Joshua Pascoe (Ben Mitchell)
Hollyoaks: Jeff Rawle (Silas Blissett)

BEST ACTOR (Last year’s winner was Danny Miller, Emmerdale)
Coronation Street: Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow)
EastEnders: Shane Richie (Alfie Moon)
Emmerdale: Danny Miller (Aaron Livesy) – WINNER
Hollyoaks: Emmett Scanlan (Brendan Brady)

BEST ACTRESS (Last year’s winner was Jessie Wallace, EastEnders)
Coronation Street: Alison King (Carla Connor) – WINNER
EastEnders: Jo Joyner (Tanya Jessop)
EastEnders: Nina Wadia (Zainab Masood)
Hollyoaks: Karen Hassan (Lynsey Nolan)

BEST BRITISH SOAP (Last year’s winner was EastEnders)
Coronation Street
Doctors
EastEnders – WINNER
Emmerdale
Hollyoaks

Panel-voted categories:

BEST COMEDY PERFORMANCE (Last year’s winner was Patti Clare, Coronation Street)
Coronation Street: Stephanie Cole (Sylvia Goodwin) – WINNER
Doctors: Jan Pearson (Karen Hollins)
EastEnders: Tameka Empson (Kim Fox)
Hollyoaks: Joe Tracini (Dennis Savage)

BEST YOUNG PERFORMANCE (Last year’s winner was Alexander Bain, Coronation Street)
Coronation Street: Alexander Bain (Simon Barlow)
Doctors: Charlie Kenyon (Cameron Waterhouse)
EastEnders: Lorna Fitzgerald (Abi Branning) – WINNER
Emmerdale: Eden Taylor-Draper (Belle Dingle)

SPECTACULAR SCENE OF THE YEAR (Last year’s winner was The Tram Crash, Coronation Street)
Coronation Street: Carla’s car crash
EastEnders: Fire at the B&B
Emmerdale: John and Moira’s car accident – WINNER
Hollyoaks: Rae’s murder

BEST ON-SCREEN PARTNERSHIP (Last year’s winners were Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace, EastEnders)
Doctors: Matthew Chambers and Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh (Daniel Granger and Zara Carmichael)
EastEnders: Jake Wood and Jo Joyner (Max Branning and Tanya Jessop) – WINNER
Emmerdale: Jeff Hordley and Emma Atkins (Cain Dingle and Charity Sharma)
Hollyoaks: Ashley Taylor Dawson and Jessica Fox (Darren and Nancy Osborne)

BEST NEWCOMER (Last year’s winner was Emmett Scanlan, Hollyoaks)
Coronation Street: Natalie Gumede (Kirsty Soames) – WINNER
Doctors: Lu Corfield (Freya Wilson)
EastEnders: Jamie Foreman (Derek Branning)
Emmerdale: Gemma Oaten (Rachel Breckle)

BEST EXIT (Last year’s winner was Bill Tarmey, Coronation Street)
Coronation Street: Katherine Kelly (Becky McDonald) – WINNER
EastEnders: Pam St Clement (Pat Evans)
Emmerdale: James Thornton (John Barton)
Hollyoaks: Kim Tiddy (Heidi Costello)

BEST DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE (Last year’s winner was Jane Danson, Coronation Street)
Coronation Street: Alison King (Carla Connor)
Doctors: Owen Brenman (Heston Carter)
EastEnders: Jo Joyner (Tanya Jessop) – WINNER
Emmerdale: Jeff Hordley (Cain Dingle)

BEST STORYLINE (Last year’s winner was End of the line for the Websters and Dobbs, Coronation Street)
Coronation Street: Carla’s ordeal
Doctors: Lauren’s murder
EastEnders: The Brannings deal with Tanya’s cancer diagnosis
Emmerdale: Jackson’s choice – WINNER

BEST SINGLE EPISODE (Last year’s winner was Coronation Street Live)
Coronation Street: Becky’s Final Farewell – WINNER
Doctors: ‘Last Words’
EastEnders: Pat: The End of an Era
Emmerdale: The Longest Day

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (Last year’s winner was Bill Tarmey, Coronation Street)
Pam St Clement (EastEnders) – WINNER

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (Last year’s winner was Gavin Blyth, Emmerdale)
Simon Ashdown (EastEnders) – WINNER

You can see the British Soap Awards on ITV1, Wednesday May 2nd.

Corrie stars settle pay dispute – protect ITV2 repeat payments

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The stars of Coronation Street have settled their pay dispute, which will stop their income being slashed by over a third.rovers return.jpg

The dispute concerned ITV moving omnibus editions of the show from ITV1 to ITV2 which meant that repeat payments for the actors would have been lower as terrestrial showings pay more than satellite.

The repeat fees are worth around 37.5% of the actors’ income but ITV and the union Equity have now come to an agreement which will help protect the money.

An Equity spokesman said: We’ve prevented members’ incomes falling off the edge of a cliff. That’s what would have happened if they’d lost 37.5 per cent.
You never get everything you ask for, but we have got more than they initially wanted to give away.”

There had been the possibility of strikes or even resignations if the proposed pay cuts had happened but they seem, for the time at least, to have been averted.

Via Corrieblog.tv

Rosie-Tinted spectacles: Coronation Street’s Helen Flanagan goes to Specsavers

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Corrie's Helen Flanagan goes to Specsavers

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In a very 60s outfit!

By Dave Lee

Ex-Corrie actress Helen Flanagan (who played street ‘sex bomb’ Rosie Webster until February this year) has landed her first post-Weatherfield gig – for Specsavers.

The glasses company has released a set of pictures showing Helen modelling their specs in a variety of poses to help launch their Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.

Specsavers apparently want to find ‘ordinary people who look extraordinary in their glasses’. Helen, who has worn glasses since she was 9, said: “I first realised I needed to wear glasses when I couldn’t see the whiteboard at school. I was delighted as I was always nagging my mum to get me a pair. I love trying out new looks with my glasses, they bring out a different side to me.”

Ex Corrie star Helen Flanagan in Christine Keeler pose

She added: “I love doing photoshoots, it’s probably the only thing I had in common with Rosie, we are both really girly and like modelling. I really enjoyed the 1960s-themed shoot for this campaign. I wore lots of different wigs which made me wish I had long hair again! But the best thing about this campaign is that it supports anti-bullying charity, Kidscape. Anything that helps stamp out bullying of any kind, especially if it’s for wearing glasses, is a great thing.”

The founder of Specsavers, Dame Mary Perkins, had this to say: “Helen is the perfect ambassador for us, she’s young, fun and uses her glasses to completely transform her look. She is the ideal role model for all young specs wearers out there.”

The competition is open to anyone over the age of 16 and there are a variety of prizes on offer including a one year modelling contract.

For more information on the competition go to www.specsavers.co.uk/competition

 

 

 

 

 

Coronation Street’s Norris Cole collapses on set

Monday, March 19th, 2012

NORRIS COLE.jpgPopular Corrie star Malcolm Hebden – who plays busy body newsagent Norris Cole – was taken to hospital last week after collapsing on the set.

Malcolm (72) was taken ill in his dressing room and taken to hospital for tests but was later given the all clear and allowed home. He was back at work a few hours later.

The Mirror reports yer man ‘Corrie Source’ as saying: ‘It was nothing serious but our medical staff thought it was for the best to give him a thorough check over.’

Seeing as Norris is one of our favourite characters here at TV Scoop, we’re delighted that Malcolm is feeling better and we wish him continued good health.

Coronation Street’s Bill Roache has slept with up to 1,000 women – including Pat Phoenix

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Coronation Street's Bill Roache has slept with a thousand women It may sound unbelievable, but Coronation Street star Bill Roache – who plays the frankly dull Ken Barlow – says he has slept with up to one thousand women.

While his Corrie character Ken Barlow has managed to have 28 girlfriends in his 50 years on the show, in real-life Roache has achieved a string of conquests including a one-night stand with Weatherfield legend Pat Phoenix (pictured below).

Speaking on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Bill at first admitted that he had slept with “more than 100″ women but when pushed about whether it was nearer 1,000, he said: “Well, I’m not denying it.”

He added: “Looking back, I didn’t know any better. But what I did find out is it does not bring you happiness and it is not the way to be.

“I had the opportunity, I indulged it and I can tell you this: it’s not worth it. The pain that it caused, and there’s all sorts of dangers.

“To love somebody, and to make love to somebody that you love is the most beautiful thing in the world.”

Chatting about his brief fling with co-star Phoenix, he added: “It was just a one-off.”

Pat Phoenix and Bill Roache had a one night stand

He recalled: “It was just something that happened one night when we were together. We weren’t right for each other.

“She invited me round to her flat and we had a few drinks, then one thing led to another.

“At that time, she had a reputation and I had a reputation, and she felt we should meet, as it were. It just happened.”

A 60 a day smoker, Phoenix – who played Corrie legend Elsie Tanner – died of lung cancer in 1986 aged 62.

Via STV

Betfred suspend bets on Coronation Street murderer after after internet leak

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The chief suspects: Michelle, Peter, Carla, Kevin and SallyMoney was piled on at Betfred after the ITV murderer was apparently “named” on the internet, claims The Daily Mirror.

Bookmakers yesterday suspended betting on who killed Corrie rapist Frank Foster after ­thousands of pounds were bet following a suspected leak. A Street source said: “Everyone has been playing ball and agreeing not to reveal Frank’s killer but it seems the whole thing has been blown on the internet.”

The death of evil rapist Frank, played by Andrew Lancel, has been one of Corrie’s most sensational plots in recent years. Viewers have been left puzzled as to who could have killed him – he had so many enemies there were plenty of people in the frame.

Over the next few weeks the drama peaks when the murderer is finally unmasked. Frank was found dead in the Underworld factory on Monday after stitching up partner Carla Connor (Alison King) and dumping his unsuspecting but loyal lover Sally Webster (Sally Dynevor).

He also had run-ins with Sally’s ex-husband Kevin (Michael Le Vell) and alcoholic bookmaker Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne). Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh) also hated the slimy businessman and held a grudge against him for ripping off Carla in a factory deal.

Before betting was suspended Betfred had the odds of the killer at: Peter Barlow 6-1, Kevin Webster 6-1, Carla Connor 8-1, Michelle Connor 8-1 and Sally Webster out at 25-1.

Via Daily Mirror

Simon Gregson: Coronation Street’s Steve will never be happy

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Steve Mc Donald with Tracy Barlow and Stella Price

Simon Gregson doesn’t think his Coronation Street alter-ego will ever be happy. The 36-year-old actor – who portrays unlucky-in-love Steve McDonald in the ITV1 soap – believes the show’s writers love “dumping a bucket of s**t” on his character, and enjoy watching seeing the hapless barman suffer at the hands of his various girlfriends.

He told the Daily Star newspaper: “There’s a great line where Steve says that he collects ex-wives like his brother collected stamps. That sums Steve up.

“Each woman comes along and it’s just a different way of making him suffer. But do you know what? I love that about him. I love that the writers will never let him be happy.”

Steve has suffered a tough few weeks in Weatherfield after his scorned ex-wife Becky (Katherine Kelly) turned up on his wedding day to conniving Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) and revealed she had not been the cause of Tracy’s tragic miscarriage.

After realising Tracy had been lying to him all along, Steve attempted to get their union annulled, only to discover he would have to wait an entire year to divorce the scheming temptress.

However, Kate has previously warned her alter-ego won’t give up on romance with Steve that easily.

She said: “She’s really messed it up, hasn’t she? She’s spent 20 years trying to get him, and then she’s messed it up at the last hurdle! She’s not going to give in – ever.”

Alison King ‘proud’ of Coronation Street rape storyline

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Alison King is “proud” of Coronation Street’s rape storyline.

The actress – who plays factory boss Carla Connor in the ITV1 soap – was sexually assaulted by her former fiance Frank Foster (Andrew Lancel) when she called off their wedding and with the trial set to begin tonight (30.01.12), Alison is pleased it has led people who have been raped to seek help.

She told The Sun newspaper: “The reaction from fans has been immense. I have had a lot of letters from women who have come forward since that episode.

“There was an 800 per cent increase in the number of people reporting rapes after we did the story, mainly those who had been raped by someone they knew.

“It shows how hard it is to go and report rape to somebody because people are so scared of their whole life being ripped away publicly on the stand.”

Carla is set for a tough week where she will give evidence during Frank’s trial and Alison admitted the factory owner – who is currently conducting an affair with married bookie Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) – will be devastated if Frank is found not guilty.

She said: “Carla will be absolutely devastated if Frank gets off because she was raped. And no matter what the consequences with Peter, it’s got nothing to do with what happened to her.”

Coronation Street’s Jeremy Sheffield thrilled at Becky’s happy ending

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Coronation Street actor Jeremy Sheffield is thrilled Becky McDonald got the “happy ending” she deserved.  The hunky star – whose alter-ego Danny Stratton swept the troubled blonde off her feet to start a new life in Barbados on Monday night (23.01.12) – admitted working with actress Katherine Kelly, who played Becky in the ITV1 soap, was the “most special” part of his stint on the cobbles.

He said: “Landing the part was 100 times better than I expected. I have loved playing Danny.

“The most special thing has been working with Katherine Kelly. She is an amazing actress and it’s been nice to be part of a storyline that gave her character a happy ending.”

The 45-year-old actor explained he is “sad” to have bowed out of the soap with Katherine, but he would be keen to return to ‘Corrie’ in the future if the couple’s storylines allowed it.

Jeremy added in an interview with The Sun newspaper: “I was really nervous as ‘Corrie’ is so popular. I was worried I’d have to put on a northern accent, but they assured me I wouldn’t. From the word go, people made me feel welcome. I really enjoyed it. I’m sad to leave.

“I don’t know how a return to the show could happen, but I really take my hat off to everyone who works on the soap.”

More than 12 million viewers tuned in on Monday night (23.01.12) to see Becky’s exit from ‘Coronation Street’.

Becky to leave Coronation Street in spectacular style

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Have you ever wanted to stand up during a wedding and when the vicar says ‘Do you know of any lawful impediment why this couple should not be man and wife?’  to say ‘Yes’.

Well Becky, played by Katherine Kelly, has her opportunity tonight at the wedding between Steve McDonald and the thoroughly poisonous Tracy Barlow. Becky knows that she wasn’t responsible for Tracy’s miscarriage, and that Tracy had already miscarried the day before, but Steve has chosen to believe Tracy’s lies. Until now. Will Becky finally get her revenge?

In part two of tonight’s Corrie double bill (ITV1, 8.30pm), Becky leaves Coronation Street in a typically tearful farewell and little luggage (except of the emotional kind of course). Steve realises his big mistake and goes chasing after her to the airport. But is is too late?

You can also see behind the scenes foootage of Katherine Kelly’s final Corrie moments on the ITV website here.

Steve and Tracy's wedding - what will Becky do to spoil the big day!

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Coronation Street’s Sunita to have affair with Karl Munro?

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Coronation Street’s Sunita Alahan looks set for a summer of passion with her boss, Karl Munro. Despite being married to Weatherfield businessman Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin), the Rovers Return barmaid – played by Shobna Gulati – will embark upon a steamy affair with the pub landlord, right under the nose of his long-term partner Stella (Michelle Collins).

Phil Collinson, show boss at the ITV1 soap, thinks the fact that viewers wouldn’t expect such deception from Sunita will make her affair with Karl (John Michie) all the more gripping. He told the Daily Star newspaper: “There has been suggestions about Karl’s wandering eye but we’re going to see it for ourselves. Sunita is not someone you would expect, which makes it even more brilliant.

“It’ll play out for quite a while but all hell will break loose when Stella finds out.”

Shobna recently admitted the relationship between her alter-ego and her husband – who have twins Aadi and Asha together – has changed in recent months, as Dev is “constantly running to her tune”.

She said: “I think she realised halfway down the line that her children were the most important thing in her life, and she went back to Dev because of that.

“At the end of the day, I think the tables are turning in their relationship. She was the shop girl in love with him, and very much at his whim and fancy, but now he’s constantly running to her tune.”

Coronation Street’s Betty left nearly £1 million

Monday, January 16th, 2012

BETTY DRIVER.jpgThe Sun reports that the late Corrie star Betty Driver bequeathed almost £1 million to friends and family in her will.

The paper says that over £930,000 went to her personal assistant and 6 other male friends along with a substantial sum to her female cousin.

Betty passed away in October last year after a short illness.

She had been married earlier in life but was divorced in 1960 after seven years of marriage. She never had children.

Katherine Kelly is dyeing for a change after leaving Coronation Street

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

katherine-kelly-on-this-morning-57888328.jpg Wow. Doesn’t she look different? I don’t know what to make of this new look, but Katherine Kelly certainly looks different – maybe a little more classy – in this picture from ITV1′s This Morning.

Her character, Becky McDonald will be leaving Weatherfield at the end of this month after she was accused of causing Tracy Barlow to have a miscarriage. But Katherine, 32, feels sorry for her character and hopes she can clear her name before her soap exit.

She told ITV1′s This Morning yesterday: “Becky’s got to clear her name now, that’s the thing.

“She’s worked really hard, it’s been this lovely redemption story and the Croppers have sort of trained her to become a good woman and now, not only has she lost the love of her life, but now it looks like she may lose her good name.

“It’s a shame because she’s worked so hard to achieve that. It’s for Becky to prove she’s not the evil person Tracy has made her out to be.”

And here’s a reminder of what she used to look like before the new look:

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Via Daily Mirror

Coronation Street spoiler: Sally Dynevor ‘shocked’ by Frank Foster storyline

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Sally Dynevor was “shocked” when she learned her Coronation Street alter-ego would fall into the clutches of evil Frank Foster.

The 48-year-old actress – who plays Sally Webster in the ITV1 soap – thinks viewers will become increasingly worried about her trusting character, as she refuses to believe the violent factory boss raped his former fiancee Carla Connor (Alison King) and instead, falls for his charms.

She said: “I think the viewers are going to be very worried about Sally. I thought and the viewers thought that I was getting back with Kevin!

“So I think we’ll all be a bit shocked with this storyline, actually. I was certainly shocked by it, but I’m really, really loving it – it’s great.”

However, Sally doesn’t think her estranged husband Kevin (Michael Le Vell) will take the news his wife is being romanced by the slimy factory owner lying down, and revealed a confrontation between the pair will result in the mechanic lamping Frank (Andrew Lancel) with a punch.

She added in an interview with ITV.com: “Kevin is going to be livid. I can’t wait to see that first punch that Kevin gives Frank. He’s not going to be happy about it, because he’s been waiting in the wings now for quite a while.

“It’s going to be a very explosive New Year for the Websters – yet again!”