Nick proposes to Leanne (Jane Danson) after scheming Kylie Platt and Eva Price team up and get him to pop the question, secretly hoping to split up the pair as they're convinced that Leanne will reject Nick.
When Leanne reacts badly to Nick's proposal as predicted, it seems that Kylie and Eva have got their result. However, they're in for a shock when Leanne later changes her mind and agrees to the wedding - but there are bound to be more twists and turns in the build-up to the big day…
Digital Spy recently caught up with Ben Price, who plays Nick, to hear his thoughts on what the couple's future might hold.
Do you think Nick and Leanne genuinely love each other, or is it a relationship of convenience?
"I think they do genuinely love each other. You have to remember that they were 15 or 16 when it first started, so it's first love and that's very, very strong.
"I think what's changed is that life gets more complicated. Leanne has met Peter and become a mother figure to Simon, while Nick was away until three years ago. Because of that, it's now a mixed-up and messed-up situation. If Peter stayed away for good, it would all be a lot easier - but that's not going to happen!"
Is it fair to say that Nick has stronger feelings for Leanne than she does for him?
"Maybe sometimes, but Nick's feelings are also a bit mixed up. Nick loves Leanne, but he also hates Peter! That means that he wants something that used to be Peter's, so it's partly an ownership thing for Nick. He likes to feel that he's top dog and that he's the winner.
"The dynamic of the relationship at the moment is that Leanne is confused over her feelings for Peter and is wondering whether she's making a mistake, while Nick has got this thing of wanting something back that will hopefully fix his life and make things right.
"Nick is doing very well - he's got a good business, a good career, and Leanne will complete the picture. So it's not just a one-sided scenario and it's definitely not just black and white.
"What's brilliant for me as an actor is that you can look back at this couple over years and years, and see how they've changed. That's where Corrie works best. When Nick came back, Leanne was there and it was an obvious choice to put them back together and create that conflict with Peter."
Do you think the proposal is coming at the right time?
"Well, Nick and Leanne have had this period where Peter has been away and they've been living a relatively normal life. Nick does think it's the right time, as there are no complications now. He can't anticipate what might happen in the future - he's dealing with the situation there and then. It's a natural step for him.
"It's only later that things are going to become more difficult and more complicated. But at this moment, he's in love and he wants them all to be happy."
Eva is orchestrating the proposal in the hope that Leanne will turn Nick down. Does Nick have any idea that Eva still feels so strongly for him?
"No, I don't think he does! Nick just thinks they get on as friends. Although there was something between them in the past, she's moved on and she's had other boyfriends. Nick has definitely moved on and he sees Eva as a mate. When Eva is giving him 'advice', Nick takes her at face value and it's only later that he sees things a bit differently."
Do you think Nick and Eva could have worked together in different circumstances?
"I do think they were quite well-suited, and I liked them together. Eva is brassy, bold, and a bit of a fighter. I think Nick goes for that - he likes a strong woman. Look at Leanne, she's no pushover! Leanne represents that very strong female influence and Eva definitely has that too."
How do Nick's family react to his engagement?
"Well, Gail hates Leanne! That's the bottom line and she'll tell Nick that every ten seconds. She just can't forget what's happened in the past, and Gail will never think anyone is good enough for Nick anyway.
"Audrey gets the situation a bit more. She's a bit more open-minded, especially after all the stuff with Lewis. And David is only interested in David, really. David and Nick have a turbulent relationship, but the Platts will always tell you to your face what they think!"
Does Nick also hope to start a family of his own with Leanne?
"Definitely - Nick wants this to work and he wants a long-term life with Leanne. He sees himself with the three kids, the house in the country and the three bars, all called Nick's Bistro!
"That's what Nick wants, but it's not going to happen - it's Coronation Street! It's going to be up, it's going to be down, it's going to be turbulent. The show is about characters pushing for the ideal, and then everything falls around you like a house of cards. That's what makes things exciting, and it should be interesting to see how far Nick will go to make this relationship work."
Will the wedding be a 'will they, won't they?' scenario right up until the big day?
"What do you think? Of course it will! I think that's what the audience want - they want to be kept guessing. Things will obviously happen to upset the apple cart. Even I'm not totally sure how things will turn out yet. For me as an actor there are many twists and turns, and for the audience there are as well. That's what keeps people watching."
The return of Peter will no doubt stir things up…
"I can't say too much, but it's great when Peter comes back. I think it's fantastic for my character to have somebody who he has absolutely no time for! It's essential to have that conflict."
Rumour has it that this wedding storyline will be prominent over Christmas, so are you excited to have a big festive plot?
"'Rumour has it' - I like that! I think anyone's excited to have a story that starts to develop around this period, because it's the biggest time that people are in and watching the show. There are many things happening at Christmas and it's not just a Leanne and Nick thing, but I'm sure it will rear its head at some point over the Christmas episodes."
Are you still enjoying Corrie as much as you did when you first joined?
"I enjoy playing Nick more now, because it's my own history in the role that we look back on now, rather than events that took place before I played the character. So we talk about the tram crash, the feud with Peter, having my bar, and my identity. That's much, much better for me.
"When you take over a role, you're nervous and you're wanting to get it right. Once you get past that hurdle and people have got used to you playing the character, you just want to push it further and further.
"For example, I can now start to think that I might toughen up Nick slightly and make him a bit harder. All of these things that have happened to Nick over the past couple of years could make him a bit more ruthless, or make him have a bit less time for people. It's exciting as an actor to be able to do that - very exciting."
We've seen Nick be ruthless before, for example when he schemed to get Peter back on the booze. Is that a side of the character you've missed?
"Yeah, I do miss his ruthless side, but I think you're going to see that come back. It's been a very definite decision by me and probably by the writers to explore a softer side to Nick recently. That's because I have to make sense of why he stays on the street, and the reason he stays on the street is that he loves his family. His family is his core, so you've got to see that caring side from Nick - he looks after his mum and he looks after his brother.
"Hopefully in the next few months, you'll see a slightly more ruthless and harder side to Nick. That's my thinking - these things go in cycles!"
There are lots of rumours flying around at the moment that Kylie is going to cheat on David, and our readers are speculating that it could be with Nick! What are your thoughts?
"Maybe your readers are right, but I can't answer that either way! Who knows? Maybe - there's always a possibility. At the moment I think it's a real caring side that Nick is showing towards Kylie. He wants to look after her and make sure that she and David stay an item - he doesn't want them to throw it all away. Could things ever go further? We'll have to wait and see!"
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