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Katy Cavanagh (Julie Carp, Corrie)

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Katy Cavanagh (Julie Carp, Corrie)
After only recently discovering the true identity of her father Colin (Edward de Souza), Coronation Street's Julie Carp - played by actress Katy Cavanagh - gets the shock of her life next week when he suddenly suffers another stroke and tragically dies. Here, Katy gives us an insight into Julie's reaction to upcoming events, as well as potential screen love material and her newly-found Street sister Eileen (Sue Cleaver).

What did you think of the reveal episodes when you saw them?
"I was really pleased - I thought they were fantastic. I always think it's a bit of a shame that viewers knows beforehand because it was a really great twist which you wouldn't have seem coming at all. Sharon [Duce] was brilliant, too - I just think she's amazing. The writing was brilliant, too."

Were you pleased that they gave you such a strong storyline?
"Yeah, definitely. It's taken me a year but I've been quite lucky because I crept in at the back and pottered around for a bit, finding my feet. I was definitely ready to get my teeth into something. I'm so chuffed with it. I've loved it. It's nice to show a different side to Julie and discover what's behind her slightly manic positivity."

Colin's quite ill, so Julie and Jason take him back to Number 11…
"Colin says that he's going to discharge himself from the hospital but he's clearly not well. There isn't anywhere else for him to go and so Julie makes an executive decision - as she has a tendency to do! – to take him to the Grimshaws'. Eileen has no say in the matter really, because Julie just railroads her. Julie's desperately trying to create this family that she's never had. It's very funny, but there's a heartbreaking element to it, too. Julie doesn’t have any memories of her dad like Eileen has, so she's trying to do a quick fix of her family."

But then Paula drops a bombshell…
"Yeah, Paula wanders in and says that she's been to the police to report him for abusing her all those years ago. Julie tries to talk her around into withdrawing her statement, but she absolutely won't. It's all quite quick from there. Paula wants Julie to do a DNA test, which she doesn't want to do. Then the police turn up and Eileen won't let him in. But in that time, Colin has another stroke before they can arrest him."

How does Julie take the news?
"Julie's devastated, but she can't really grieve because she didn't really know Colin. She has a really good go at grieving, though - she's grieving for what she never had. It's an odd place for her to be and Eileen's not accepting her at all. Julie gets way too involved in the funeral! She gets up and gives this moving speech about a man she never knew! But she only stands there because nobody else gets up! Someone had to say something, so Julie steps into the breach. Julie doesn't really do silence, though, does she?"

And you're losing your screen mum, too, aren't you?
"Yeah. I really, really hope we'll be seeing her again, though. Sharon's a fantastic actress and I love her to bits. It's all left quite messy in the storyline in the way Paula leaves. Julie tells her that she never wants to see her again. Fingers crossed she'll be back. Maybe if Julie gets married, she'll be there to ruin the wedding or something! I really don't think it's going to happen, though! Who'd marry her?"

Will Julie find happiness beyond her Kirky?
"Well she's still living at the Battersbys' where Julie and Kirk are almost acting like they were before they split up! The house just works really well. Maybe if another man came into the equation - or obviously woman for Kirky - I don't think they'd be best pleased about their situations. Julie's on the market, though. She's lonely and I'm sure she'd rip the head off of any man that comes within five miles of her."

Julie and Luke would make a perfect couple, don't you think?
"Now, me and Craig [Kelly] were having this same conversation the other day. We do have a bit of a flirty thing going on in the factory and Julie would be the perfect housewife. You never know…"

Julie will have to wait her turn behind Rosie, though…
"Well Rosie's a girl and Julie's a woman. I can give him so much more - in every way!"

Apparently Julie's not going to let Eileen forget that she's her sister…
I don't think Julie will be very far from Eileen from hereonin. Their relationship is great, though. I'd imagine Eileen will become fond of Julie at some point, but I think Julie will drive her mad in the process. I can't wait to see how it pans out. And then there's Jason, too - she's Auntie Julie to him now, so I'm sure she can start interfering in his life somehow."

What does your son think when he sees his mum on TV?
"To be honest, he's not seen me. But he's going to school in September and I'm starting to think I should sit and watch an episode with him! I don't really know how to explain what on earth I'm doing, why I'm looking weird and behaving in a strange manner! I'm worried about freaking him out! He's got far too much to do with his life at the moment, though!"

How's the training going for the half marathon?
"I ended up not being able to do it, which I was gutted about! It all got a bit hectic for me filming at Corrie. I'm now doing the Great Capital Run in London on July 26, though, so I'm looking forward to that."

Did you ever find your mug in the green room?
"No, I didn't. I've had to buy another one, which I'm protecting with my life and I'm keeping it in my dressing room. I bought a bowl the other day, too. That's in the dressing room now as well!" Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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