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'Coronation Street': Debbie Rush reveals new Anna, Faye, Tim dramas

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Debbie Rush.



Coronation Street's Anna Windass is horrified next week as she learns that her adopted daughter Faye has been left home alone by her real dad Tim Metcalfe.

The mix-up comes as Faye (Ellie Leach) has falsely told Tim (Joe Duttine) that she has arranged to stay with Anna while he is away on a work trip.

When Anna finds out that Faye has been left to fend for herself, all hell breaks loose and she insists that the schoolgirl is coming back to live with her.

Here, Debbie Rush - who plays Anna - reveals what fans can expect as Faye is forced to move back home.

How is Anna coping with Faye now living at Tim's?
"Anna is obviously really missing Faye. She's missing the noise and liveliness that comes with having Faye around the house, but Anna is doing what she thinks is best for Faye. Ultimately she's putting Faye's happiness first, but she misses her desperately."

Is Anna still helping out with money and laundry, or has she tried to take a step back?
"Anna did try to take a bit of a step back at first, but that didn't really work out as she'd planned. Anna is Faye's mum at the end of the day, and because she loves Faye, she hates to see her go without or wanting for anything.

"As time goes on, Anna realises that Tim's not really stocking the cupboards as he should be, so Anna has been a bit nosy by making sure everything's in order and as it should be. She's also been helping out with money but this has been trickier because she doesn't want Owen to find out."

Is Anna becoming more concerned about Tim's parenting skills?
"She's always been very concerned about Tim's parenting skills. The only reason why she let Faye go is because Anna thought that, rather than having a tug-of-love war, by letting Faye go to her dad she might realise which side her bread's buttered. However, that's taking a little bit longer than Anna anticipated so her concern is growing by the day."

8127: Tim breaks the news to Faye that he can't afford to pay for her school trip. Faye's gutted and asks Anna if she'll lend Tim the money. Owen's against it, insistent that Tim must learn what it means to be a parent, torn will Anna agree?

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Faye, Anna and Tim.



How does Anna feel next week when she and Owen make digs about Tim and Faye jumps to his defence?
"I think Anna feels completely put out about it, but she doesn't want to show that. Anna knows that at this moment in time Faye only has eyes for her dad and he can do absolutely no wrong, even though he's making so many mistakes. That's upsetting Anna because she thought by now she would have noticed all of his flaws and come back to her."

So is Anna not getting any sense whatsoever that Faye is starting to see that the grass isn't always greener?
"No, she isn't getting those vibes from her at all. I think Anna's quite oblivious to the fact that Faye is actually having little doubts about being with her dad."

When does Anna first realise that Faye has been home alone?
"Anna comes home from work one day and sees Faye sat on the couch looking slightly worse for wear with greasy hair and an empty belly. It's Owen that's been and found her in Tim's flat all alone, so when Anna sees her, she tries to keep very calm while she gathers all of the information.

"It's then that she finds out Faye should have come across to stay with her, but Anna understands that she is an 11-year-old child and it was therefore Tim's responsibility to sort out her care while he was away. So Anna is absolutely furious with Tim by this point."

How does Anna react when she finds out that Tim has extended his trip to stay with a woman he has met?
"Anna goes off her head. She's absolutely livid. She thinks Tim is completely useless and that he obviously doesn't care about anyone else but himself and that he's completely selfish. He's obviously just gone off on his trip and thought Faye would be absolutely fine without him, he hasn't even rung to see if she's doing okay which really winds Anna up! As far as Anna's concerned, he has no idea how to be a parent."

Anna rails at Tim for neglecting Faye. Tim's shocked and assures Anna he thought Faye was staying with her but Anna flies at him.

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Anna rails at Tim for neglecting Faye



What happens when Tim returns to the street?
"As soon as Anna realises he's back, she's straight across the road and she gives him what for. She tells him that he's completely useless and that by leaving Faye home alone he's actually committed a crime. Basically Anna gives her a piece of her mind!"

How hopeful at this point is Anna that Faye will decide to live with her again?
"Well, Anna doesn't give her a choice - Faye is back with her mum regardless. Faye does want to go and see her dad when he gets back, which Anna reluctantly agrees to. Deep down in Anna's heart, she knows Faye still adores her dad and that if given the choice she'd still want to be with him - but Anna doesn't give her the option this time. Anna knows Faye isn't safe at Tim's so she's brought her back home."

After all the past trouble with Faye, does Anna have any reluctance about having her back?
"No, none at all. She adopted Faye and has given her all the love and care she deserves. Faye was a little girl who had been passed through the system and so if anything, Anna feels as though she has let Faye down."

Will this mark the start of a new Faye?
"I think Faye will begin to understand that she is very well loved and looked after by Anna. There are times when Faye's with her dad we see her feeling a little pushed out when she sees Anna with Gary and Izzy and the new baby, because actually she was part of a big extended family. So I think Faye will begin to see where her bread's buttered best, but she'll always love her daddy."

Ellie Leach as Faye Windass on Coronation Street

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Ellie Leach as Faye.



What, if anything, will Anna do differently this time?
"I think Anna needs to continue to give Faye all the love she's been giving her, but she needs to be just a little bit more in control of the situation and let Faye know who is boss. Until Faye's 16, Anna has to be in charge and will need to start being a bit firmer with her."

Have you been enjoying this storyline?
"It's been great. It's given viewers a chance to really get to know Faye and Ellie a chance to grow as an actress. Ellie is wonderful to work with. She's really mature and she always knows her lines. She never sulks or moans and always runs up to the tutor room as soon as she comes off set."

What reaction do you get from the public?
"Everyone is so lovely! I'm glad I don't play a baddie! I'm lucky because I play a mum so a lot of people really relate to her."

You've also been involved in the surrogacy storyline too. Have you worked much with the new arrival?
"Yes, he's tiny and he's gorgeous! Hopefully he'll be as well behaved as the two little boys that play Joseph."

Would you like Anna and Owen to get married?
"Definitely! In Barbados, and we'd have to film there for three weeks with all of our families. That would be ideal! No, on a serious note it would be brilliant if they got married, especially with both of them having been married before. It would make good TV."

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