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"Will they, or won't they?" will be the question on the lips of Corrie fans next Monday (August 14) as Jason Grimshaw and Sarah-Louise Platt prepare to tie the knot.

This week, Digital Spy caught up with Ryan Thomas, who plays Weatherfield's young Romeo, in the run-up to his much-anticipated nuptials.

What does the young star think of the wedding with two possible outcomes, his character in general and Charlie Stubbs? And, most importantly, is there a possibility of life imitating art in view of his real-life romance with Tina O'Brien, who plays his on-screen lover Sarah?

Jason and Sarah have been through a rough patch recently – how do you view their marriage prospects?
"Jason was thinking about getting married in four years rather than four months. It was just a gesture, and that’s all he wanted it to be. He thought they would just get engaged and they didn’t have to get married for ages yet. It was more of a stepping stone for him. It has come round quickly for Jason, and he is sort of being pushed into it. He doesn’t want to lose Sarah so he is going along with it because he does actually love her."

In view of Jason's roving eye and history with the women, is he of the right material to settle down?
"He's had a bit of a past and he's a bit of a Jack The Lad around Charlie but on this occasion, for once, he's actually showing some grown-up qualities and, when faced with the prospect of losing Sarah, he chose to bite the bullet.

"There's no grey area with Jason because there's not that much grey matter! Everything's in black and white. It's either marry Sarah and keep her or don't marry Sarah and lose her forever."

Will Jason be able to handle the extras (Bethany) assuming the marriage goes ahead?
"He certainly will – he pulls her to one side during the ceremony and makes her a pledge. He realises he can't have Sarah without Beth – they come as a package."

How does Jason feel when his mother bursts into the ceremony with Gail?
"Jason is pleased when Eileen makes an appearance but is taken aback because she was so adamant that she would not attend. I think he worries they are going to try to put a halt to the nuptials."

What was the wedding like to film?
"It was nice to be the centre of attention for a couple of days. The weather was really hot so we were all sweltering. And because we had two scripts with two different endings it took twice as long as normal to shoot but it was fun and I can’t wait to see which ending the producer decides to use."

What does the future hold for Sarah and Jason?
"I know there is going to be drama and if I could tell you I would. I don’t really know myself at the moment. I think a lot of people are kept in the dark, including the cast members. I am just playing it as if he doesn’t want to get married and commit, but at the same time he doesn’t want to lose her. But if it comes down to it, and Sarah gets her way, he will marry her."

How much of an influence does Charlie have over Jason?
"Charlie has quite a strong influence over Jason because he lacked a father figure during his formative years. Not only is he a boss but he's a bit of a mentor. It's really Charlie's fault that he's getting married so quickly – if Charlie hadn't have asked Jason the question in the first place Sarah would never have overheard and he wouldn't be in this position…"

Will Jason be strong enough to withstand any attempts by Charlie to lead him astray, again, assuming the marriage goes ahead?
"I'd like to think that if Jason stood there and pledged his future to Sarah that he would stand by his vows but this being the world of soap and Jason having a tendency to act first and think later – who knows…"

And how, in real life, do you feel about Charlie's character?
"Charlie is a Jekyll and Hyde character. He's so approachable, so friendly and so full of the banter but then there's this dark side to him. Jason probably doesn't see but I personally wouldn't like to be associated with a guy like that. He's done some terrible things."

You appear to be gearing up to marry Sarah-Lou, is this likely to be mirrored in real life with Tina?
"To be honest we're really, really happy as we are at the moment. We've been to a lot of fellow cast members' weddings recently and people keep asking us that question but we're just really happy as we are for now."

And do you think there could be a potential clash of interest between Jason and Liam, one of the new Connor brothers?
"Chatting to Rob James-Collier [who plays Liam] it seems that his character has eyes for another Weatherfield babe."

Have you considered any storylines that you'd like to see Jason involved in?
"I enjoyed it when Jason's father Tony [played by Alan Igbom] was around, so I'd like to have seen their relationship explored a bit deeper as I'm sure there's more history there."

What do you do in your spare time?
"I play football quite a lot nowadays with the Corrie team mostly charity games. It's been great and I've even played at Old Trafford. I'm a big fan of films, so I like to chill out in front of a good DVD. And I'm quite into playing poker at the moment, too."

What are your career ambitions?
"I'm really happy where I am at the moment. I work with an amazing cast and I'm still learning the craft when I come to work every day. Who knows what the future holds? At the moment, I just know I'm very lucky to be where I am."

…and personal ambitions?
"Just to remain happy in my work whatever that may be and to always enjoy what I do."

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