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'Coronation Street's Jane Danson: 'Leanne is able to forgive Nick'

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Leanne and Nick have a lot to talk about.

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Leanne and Nick have a lot to talk about.


Coronation Street's Leanne Battersby arrives back in Weatherfield next week and faces a tough decision over the future of her marriage

Here, Jane Danson - who plays Leanne - discusses her character's dilemma over whether to forgive Nick and previews the drama ahead.

How did Leanne feel when she found out about Nick sleeping with Kylie?
"It's been brewing for a while - when she found out she didn't react in the usual Leanne way. She went off in a huff which is what she normally does and when she came back she was obviously upset but she takes a bit of the blame because obviously this wouldn't have happened if she hadn't gone to see Peter on Christmas Day. It's kind of six of one and half a dozen of the other. It's still there but she gets over it, for the first time in her life!"

Why did she take off and where has she been?
"Leanne took off because she couldn't face what was going on. She went off to see Toyah to clear her head and to sort out how she was going to deal with it all. When she comes back she returns with a fresh mind."

As far as she's concerned, is it all over between her and Nick when she returns to the street?
"No, I think for the first time ever she realises she can't keep running away from her problems. Every time something goes wrong, which it does quite often, she runs away and leaves it to sort itself out. This time she faces it head on; Nick has got brain damage so he's not the person he once was. She realises that she's got to stand up, get on with it and grow up really."

What makes her decide to return? Was it to see Stella and Simon rather than Nick?
"Given her background, Leanne was dragged up by Les and Janice and never knew whether she was coming or going. She wants to provide Simon with the stability and family life that she didn't have and if that means staying with Nick and making it work then she has to consider it. She's trying to hold everything together for the family unit and working things through rather than just running away."

Leanne arrives back on the street.

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Why does she call round at Gail's? How does she feel when she sees Nick again?
"When she first arrives she avoids it at all costs. Leanne wants to get back onto the Street and find out how she feels being in a familiar environment and establish whether she will walk away from it all again. Seeing Nick in a vulnerable state makes her realise how she feels about him and she starts to think that she needs to stand by him. Gail is like the piggy in the middle trying to get them back together but Leanne doesn't want to rush things."

What are her feelings for Nick now? Is there a chance she could forgive him and get back with him?
"I think she almost has. She knows she's able to forgive but in true Leanne style she's not forgotten and obviously seeing Kylie everyday is a constant reminder of what they did. She takes it out on Kylie more than she does Nick. I think she sees a lot of herself in Kylie; she's quite wild and fiery like Leanne used to be. Initially she cannot help holding a grudge but as time goes on she might forgive her. I hope she does; it would give her somewhere else to go."

Wouldn't she be a bit of a hypocrite if she didn't forgive him, as she had been with Peter Barlow on Christmas Day? How does Leanne feel when Gail reminds her of this?
"I don't think she is being a hypocrite because she is a big enough person now to be able to stand up and admit that what she did was wrong and that wasn't entirely blameless. Leanne used to see everything in black and white but now there are areas of grey in between and she is exploring them. Leanne knows that every decision she makes will have an effect on every aspect of her life, professionally and personally. She's got a lot more to consider now that Nick has been left in such a situation.

"Leanne is finally growing up a bit I think, which is quite nice. I've just read over the next batch of scripts in which she talks about her past and explains the reasons why she's changed, so her past is always there as a reference but it's also nice that she's maturing."

Leanne is horrified to walk-in on Nick's outburst and ushers a shaken Simon out.

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Leanne is horrified to walk-in on Nick's outburst



Why does she suggest that Nick takes Simon to Faye's Halloween party?
"I think Leanne is keen to get back into the swing of things and rebuild the family unit. Simon's in the middle of it all and he's already had a difficult time with his own Dad so Leanne's eager to make him feel secure. Simon gets on well with Nick, Nick is kind to him and I think he's also keen to rebuild bridges."

Is she worried about Nick's behaviour?
"She doesn't realise the extremity of how bad it is until the Halloween party. I think that's Nick's first major eruption. He's had his few little gripes along the way but his outburst at the party is very public so it's not really very nice for her and Simon. This in turn opens up a new problem with Peter, who grows concerned for Simon being around Nick."

What happens when Nick loses it? How does Leanne react?
"Initially she's quite upset and says that he was out of order. She's embarrassed because it was in front of everyone. However when it comes down to it and you peel back the layers Leanne feels really sorry for him. He can't help it. The journey they have between them now is how they will deal with these outbursts. Leanne feels as though she'll be walking on eggshells, not knowing when he'll next blow up. Elements of the old Nick remain but then at times it's as though he's a completely different person. It's been great for Ben (Nick) to play because it's given him a new lease of life and different challenges."

Leanne is horrified by how Nick has spoken to Simon.

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Leanne is horrified by Nick



What about her relationship with Kylie? Will she be okay about Kylie working back at the Bistro?
"Of course Leanne isn't very happy about it, but as time goes on Kylie starts to spiral out of control and I think Leanne can see it coming; she's been there herself. I'm hoping Leanne will be there to catch her before she falls. They might form a little friendship eventually, but for now there is still a lot of tension between them."

Can Nick and Leanne ever get back to where they were?
"It all depends really on how much Nick benefits from rehabilitation and how far they can move on together. Emotionally Leanne isn't getting what she needs from Nick; she's not being cuddled and the romance has evaporated so she's craving that element of their relationship. She's still fairly young and she still wants to do the family thing, but the way he is it's not likely to happen, but I really don't know which way it's going to go."

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