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'Coronation Street' Natalie Gumede reveals Kirsty secrets

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Coronation Street star Natalie Gumede has revealed the full details of her character Kirsty Soames's troubled past.

The ITV1 soap delves into Kirsty's background in the next few episodes as viewers are introduced to her parents Edwin and Alison, who have a strained relationship with their daughter.

British Soap Awards 2012: Natalie Gumede with her award for Best Newcomer.

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Alan Halsall at Tyrone Dobbs (Coronation Street)

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Kirsty is currently at the centre of a dark domestic violence storyline which sees her lashing out at fiancé Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall).

Gumede told Digital Spy of her alter ego's early years: "Kirsty had an abusive childhood. Her father hit her on a regular basis up until her 18th birthday, when she left home. The inference is that she's had very little contact with her family since then.

"Kirsty has tried to forge a life for herself away from her family, which she's managed to do quite well until recently. But you can definitely see the link and the correlation between her relationship with her father and her relationship with Tyrone."

Tonight's (May 24) Coronation Street episode sees Kirsty turn violent with Tyrone for a second time. Gumede added that Kirsty is shocked to realise that she could be following in the footsteps of her father.

Tyrone staggers away, shocked at Kirsty's violent outburst

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Tyrone invites Kirsty's parents round but the meeting goes awfully and after they leave, Kirsty furiously grabs Tyrone

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She said: "Kirsty has spent so many years defending herself, and also defending her mother against her father, as he was violent towards both of them.

"Kirsty has been a victim of this and I don't think she believed she had a violent nature herself. So when it rears its ugly head, it's a real shock to her afterwards. She feels like she can't live with herself."

Coronation Street continues tonight at 8.30pm on ITV1.

> Read our full interview with 'Coronation Street's Natalie Gumede
> Read more 'Coronation Street' spoilers and news

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