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Kelly credits Croppers for Corrie success

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Kelly credits Croppers for Corrie success

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Katherine Kelly has claimed that she has Roy and Hayley Cropper to thank for her success on Coronation Street.

The 29-year-old actress told ATV News Network that David Neilson and Julie Hesmondhalgh's characters were responsible for her alter ego Becky Granger becoming accepted by fans of the ITV1 soap.

Kelly commented: "The Croppers were the making of Becky, and without them I actually don't think Becky would still be in the show. The Croppers, especially Roy, were the thing that really turned public opinion [about Becky] around to being positive.

"And that was really organic - it wasn't like a 'big plan', because it was a relationship that blossomed slowly. The writers have seen it and we've enjoyed it and it feels like a really special thing."

The soap star recently teamed up with Neilson and Hesmondhalgh for a comedy spinoff DVD set in Romania.

Reflecting on the experience, she continued: "I love working with Julie and David - it's been such a long time since I've spent time [filming] with them. They are probably my dearest friends at Coronation Street but, because Julie has a young family and David lives in London, we don't really spend that much time out of work together. It was so nice on a personal level to go out for meals and not have to rush off anywhere."

Roy and Hayley consider Becky a surrogate daughter after forming a close bond with her during her early Weatherfield days in 2006. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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