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'Waterloo Road' star Abby Mavers: 'Fans will love the Barrys'

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Waterloo Road newcomer Abby Mavers has predicted that viewers will "fall in love" with the show's troublesome Barry family in the coming months.

The actress last week made her first appearance as Dynasty Barry, who arrived at the school with her brother Barry (Carl Au) and sister Kacey (Brogan Ellis). Meanwhile, Zöe Lucker plays the trio's mother Carol.

Dynasty and Imogen in Waterloo Road

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Waterloo Road's Barry family

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Viewers have already seen the Liverpudlian clan cause chaos at Waterloo Road, leading to some viewer complaints about "Scouse stereotyping".

However, Mavers told the Liverpool Echo: "My family have just come into the school, my father's in prison and my mum's trying to be strong and find as much money as she can. Dynasty's in top set, but my brother Barry and sister Kacey are in the pupil referral unit (PRU).

"You could see it as stereotypical, but I've filmed about 20 episodes so far and I've seen these characters grow. Some people see kids from these types of families and think they're scum and good for nothing, but if they're given that little bit of attention they will grow and develop.

"It's important that people watch it, especially teachers who have maybe got a kid like one of the Barry kids in their school."

Waterloo Road series eight cast shot

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Waterloo Road title card

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She continued: "I think it could make people think twice about dismissing kids in places like the PRU and realise they do have a brain but some of them haven't had any guidance.

"I think viewers will fall in love with these Scousers as they watch the characters grow."

Waterloo Road continues on Thursday (January 10) at 8pm on BBC One. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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