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Helen Flanagan (Rosie Webster, Corrie)

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Helen Flanagan (Rosie Webster, Corrie)

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Coronation Street's teen temptress Rosie Webster - played by 19-year-old Helen Flanagan - has a huge influx of cash coming her way in the next few weeks to the tune of £150,000, which serves to turn the head of Underworld co-owner Luke Strong (Craig Kelly). When John Stape (Graeme Hawley) - the man who kidnapped her at the end of last year - hands over the sale proceeds from the house in which he kept her locked away for seven weeks, Luke takes a keen interest in the wannabe WAG purely in the hope of securing additional investment in the factory. With a wedge of cash in-hand and a good looking businessman requiring a fund injection of his own, what will Rosie do with her new-found wealth? We gave Helen a call to find out more.

Rosie has her eye on yet another boss of her's - what is it with Rosie and bosses?
"I think she's attracted to the power and money. Rosie's knows that she can use her womanly wiles to get what she wants. In the long run, she wants a life away from Weatherfield. She wants to be rich when she's older and aspires to be like Carla - gorgeous, sexy and wearing designer clothes.

"Thinking about it, Rosie's actually tried it on with all of her bosses! They've all knocked her back apart from Luke and now she's thinking: 'I've finally got one!'"

What is it about Luke?
"There is this chemistry between them. Luke's charming, though, and obviously very attractive. He's got this cheeky side, too."

Is Rosie driven by money?
"It's not wholly about the money. She's more driven by glamour and power. She definitely gets it off her mum! You should hear Sally when Rosie gets the £150,000 from John Stape. Sally's wanting Rosie to spend the money on a hot tub in the garden! Ideas always above her station!"

So Rosie gets a visiting order from John…
"Yeah, what happens is that John writes Rosie a letter from prison. He's riddled with guilt after kidnapping her at the end of last year and he's trying to make it right. He has the £150,000 inheritance from the sale of his grandma's house, so he decides to give all the money to Rosie to clear his conscience. Rosie doesn't know about the money when she gets the letter, but she's intrigued about why he wants to see her. She goes to the prison and she's shocked by his offer, but she sees it as compensation!"

What does she do with the money?
"She just flaunts it around to annoy everyone and splurges it on champagne, big shopping trips, a £3,000 handbag and a flash new sports car which she calls her 'new baby'!"

Does the money turn Luke's head?
"Yeah, there was an attraction before the money and Rosie's cottoned onto it. She's not stupid, though, and sees that there's more of an attraction there now she has some money to her name - she even says it to him - but Rosie's playing Luke at his own game. She knows that once she's invested in Underworld, she can saunter in the next day knowing that she's sleeping with the boss, she wadded with cash and she's going to become one of the bosses, too! She's on a cloud!"

Rosie's into older men, but do you not wish that they'd bring in a younger guy for her?
"I love working with the younger cast, but it's also nice working with the older cast, too. You become good friends and they teach you so much [because they're so experienced]. I did have a scene with Lucien [Laviscount] who plays the gorgeous Ben and they were at this BBQ and Rosie decided to flirt outrageously with him. That was really fun to play, but I think I scared the poor boy to death!"

Sally Whittaker and Michael Le Vell are your second parents now – what's it like working with them?
"It's really lovely. It's a great little family unit. Me and Brooke [Vincent] are actually like sisters. We make each other laugh so much. The atmosphere's great between us and our favourite scenes to do are in the Websters' - we can just play around with the material because we all know each other so well.

Are you looking forward to Alison King's return?
"I can't wait for Ali to come back! I really get on so well with her, she's so lovely. When Carla returns to the Street, I think she'll be putting Rosie back in her place and have her back on tea duty!"

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