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'Coronation Street' star teases Stella secret fallout

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Leanne Battersby from Coronation Street

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Coronation Street star Jane Danson has spoken about the soap's shocking Stella twist for the first time, admitting that her character Leanne Barlow may be "furious" when she discovers the truth.

Show bosses have now officially confirmed that the Rovers Return's new bar manager is Leanne's birth mother, as first reported earlier this month.

Leanne finds out Stella's true identity in next week's Friday night double bill as she celebrates her 30th birthday at the pub.

Speaking to Inside Soap about the plot twist, Danson explained: "Leanne has never really given her birth mother a second thought because she's not been in her life. Her dad Les and stepmum Janice were together for a long time, so Janice always took on that mother role.

"Having said that, Leanne's always known Janice by her first name, so she hasn't called anyone 'Mummy'."

Leanne's husband Peter (Chris Gascoyne) is the first to discover Stella's secret next week, but it doesn't take long until the Weatherfield newcomer is forced to come clean with her daughter.

Asked how Leanne reacts to the life-changing news, Danson replied: "You'll have to wait and see! She'll either be over the moon to have her real mother in her life, or she'll be absolutely furious that she's been absent all these years."

Former EastEnders star Michelle Collins made her debut as Stella last week.

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