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Coronation Street's Ian Puleston-Davies: 'Huge Windass struggle ahead'

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Coronation Street star Ian Puleston-Davies has said that the Windass family have a "huge struggle" ahead of them.

The Windass family find themselves backed into a corner during next week's episodes as they are blackmailed by Phelan and forced to work for a basic wage.

Phelan shows off his CCTV footage

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Phelan shows off his CCTV footage


Owen's relief at discovering Phelan is alive is short-lived when he blackmails the family into finishing the mill project in exchange for him not going to the police over Gary's violent outburst.

Puleston-Davies, who plays Owen, said: "Owen is initially relieved that the man is alive and not dead but once that relief wears off he goes into defence mode and wonders, what has this villain been cooking up behind their backs?

"It's the most testing time for Owen but he's prepared to do battle with Phelan for the sake of his family."

The actor also admitted that Owen will hold Gary responsible for the family's desperate situation.

Owen and Gary tell a worried Valerie that they have no idea where Phelan is.

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Owen and Gary talk about Phelan


He said: "He does blame Gary. This is the lowest their relationship has ever been. He's feeling completely defenceless, worthless, and his masculinity is being questioned.

"This was supposed to be the making of them, bring them security, and it's all been taken away from him.

"They're now working for a pittance, he's lost his empire, it's terribly testing and he is very much at breaking point. There's no way out, it's very bleak. "

Owen and Gary panic about the whereabouts of Phelan

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Owen and Gary


Discussing whether Anna and Owen's relationship can survive the struggle of recent events, Puleston-Davies said: "It's putting a huge strain on their relationship and I think that's good.

"This is the closest they've ever been to splitting up. They're surviving because they do love each other and they're very strong but this will be the make or break for them.

"They still have a huge struggle ahead of them."

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