Coronation Street's Chesney Brown is left devastated in tomorrow night's double bill (March 15) as he discovers that his girlfriend Katy Armstrong has betrayed him.
Chesney is currently on a high after Katy (Georgia May Foote) agreed to marry him, but he's not smiling for long when her fling with Ryan Connor comes to light thanks to an indiscreet Gary Windass.
Digital Spy recently chatted to Sam Aston, who plays Chesney, to hear about his character's heartbreak and where things are heading next.
Have you enjoyed filming this new storyline for Chesney and Katy?
"Definitely. It's always nice to get a big storyline that you can sink your teeth into. I feel quite lucky, because all of my storylines have taken me down different paths and routes. Once again, this is something completely different for Chesney - it's not something that he's been through before. It's been challenging but I've really, really enjoyed it.
"I also didn't think this storyline would run for as long as it has done. I thought it would just be a quick storyline, but it's on screen at the moment and we're still filming it now. It's nice that it runs on for quite a bit."
We've usually seen Chesney and Katy as a happy couple. Have you been sad to see them run into trouble?
"Yeah - it's still weird now! At the moment, we're filming scenes where Chesney and Katy are trying to make things up but they're not together. That's a bit strange, because Georgia's been here for over two years now, and I started working with her pretty much as soon as she stepped foot on the cobbles.
"It's really weird for us to be apart now, because we've done so many scenes together. We're good friends on set and it feels weird to not be working as much with her."
Do you think Chesney is partly to blame for the problems in the relationship?
"Definitely, although I think he means well. He's not nasty to Katy - she means so much to him and he'd do anything for her. I just think he gets so wound up with money issues, and problems that someone of his age wouldn't normally have.
"I think that's taken a toll on the relationship in general, because Chesney hasn't been giving Katy the time and attention that she needs. Even just the little things - you don't really see Chesney buying Katy any cute presents, or trying to take her out for dates. They're both usually just concerned over whether they can pay the next bill and look after Joseph properly."
What is Chesney's initial reaction when he finds out about Katy's fling?
"His reaction is not good at all! The fling between Katy and Ryan never really gets too far, as the truth comes out before it can really go anywhere. If that hadn't happened, they probably would have gone all the way and slept together.
"Katy and Ryan have only been kissing, so a lot of people might think that Chesney overreacts to it, but it goes against everything that he stands for. Chesney comes from a broken family, so this is the one situation that he never wanted to be involved in.
"Chesney feels so let down, because he never thought that Katy would do this. So you'll see that his reaction is pretty drastic - he kicks her out!"
Katy wants another chance from Chesney, and Fiz also thinks they should sort things out. Does Chesney consider forgiving and forgetting?
"He tries! This is what we're filming at the moment, really. They get to a point where they're trying, but Chesney just can't seem to forget what Katy has done. He can't just rush into a reunion and pretend that nothing's happened. It's still very, very fresh in his mind and at the minute he can't look at Katy in the same way."
What advice would you give to Chesney if he was a friend of yours?
"I'd probably say that he should give Katy another chance, especially because she realises that what she's done is wrong. You'll see that Katy misses Chesney a lot, and it's clear that he misses her.
"I'd say give it another shot, because they've got so much at stake with baby Joseph to think about. I think it'll be sad if something quite small ended up blowing their family life apart for good. It's tough, though. I know that if I was in Chesney's situation, I'd be pretty annoyed!"
Corrie are bringing in Beth Tinker's niece Sinead as a love interest for Chesney. Are you excited about this possible new romance?
"Yeah, Sinead is a very different character and I think her and Chesney would be quite well-suited. At the same time, I think Chesney's heart will always belong to Katy! But that might just be my own personal take on it rather than the way the story is going!
"We've been filming some nice scenes between Chesney and Sinead and it'll be interesting to see what happens."
Have you been helping Katie McGlynn, who plays Sinead, to settle in?
"Yeah, I've been showing her around the set. Katie knows what she's doing anyway - she knows how it works because she was on Waterloo Road before this. But she was a bit lost on the first day, so I tried to be as helpful as possible!"
Do you think Chesney will start supporting Fiz and Tyrone a bit more?
"Of course he will, but at the moment he's just got too much on his mind. With the trial coming up, I think Chesney will try to be there for Fiz more so than Tyrone. In the end, Chesney will probably see that Fiz has found someone good. He knows that Tyrone is decent, so hopefully he'll support the relationship."
You've been on Corrie for nearly ten years now. Do you still enjoy it as much as when you first started?
"Absolutely. I've loved the time that I've spent here. Ten years is a pretty long time, but there's just something about Corrie. In my time here, I've been lucky enough to continue getting storylines. Like I said earlier, those storylines have all been quite different, so I feel very lucky.
"I do love it here and I'll stay for as long as they'll keep me - definitely for the foreseeable future. I've had a great time here, a great childhood."
Do you get much of a reaction from viewers when you're out and about?
"I do, actually! I'm quite lucky with the reactions, because I play a character who people feel sorry for nine times out of ten. When people see me they usually say, 'It'll be alright, Ches!' - because there's always something going on in his life! There's always something getting him down!
"People are usually pretty decent with me. I'm not sure if it's because of the red hair, but I seem to be pretty recognisable, and people will shout from across the street as if they know you! Because Corrie is a programme that's about real life and it's on all the time, people just seem to think that they're one of your mates! I've had people coming up to me who think I'm their neighbour - it's mad!"
Have you enjoyed working with your on-screen baby over the past year or so?
"I have, but it can be hard because I don't always see the babies all the time. We have twins playing Joseph and they're lovely - two of the cutest babies. But I don't think they're used to me - I think they're more used to Georgia! I definitely think they're mummy's boys, because they don't always want to come to me!
"We're just doing scenes at the moment where I've not seen Joseph for a couple of weeks, but when I've tried to hold him, he's started crying!"
Are you similar to Chesney in real life?
"I think I'm different to Chesney. I don't have a son, for one! We're living completely different lives. Although Chesney is a real family-orientated person, and I am too. We're similar in that way, but I'd say not in others because Chesney has been through a lot and luckily enough I haven't!"
Would you like to see Chesney's mum Cilla make a return to the cobbles?
"I think it would be nice! After everything Chesney has been through and as much as he says that he doesn't like Cilla, he does love her. We still have scenes which mention Cilla, when it's her birthday or things like that. I think you can see in those scenes that Chesney actually misses her. Cilla was a fantastic character so it would be great to see her back."
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