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Coronation Street: Amy Kelly on Maddie, Sophie kiss and future romance

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Maddie kisses Sophie

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Maddie kisses Sophie


Coronation Street kicks off Sophie Webster's new romance next week as she shares a kiss with Maddie Heath.

Maddie shocks Sophie (Brooke Vincent) by making a move on her while they are in the midst of another argument.

Here, newcomer Amy Kelly - who plays Maddie - reveals what's in store for the couple, why her character has a troubled background and how she's finding life at Coronation Street so far.

What can you tell us about Maddie's background?
"Maddie is 17, so she doesn't go to school and is a bit of a lone wolf. She doesn't really have any friends. As soon as people start to care about her, she pushes them away. Maddie is suspicious of most people - she's always wary of their intentions.

"Maddie has been kicked out of home by her mum, so she's homeless. Her mum has a mental illness. Eleanor from the shelter describes Maddie to Sophie as sleeping rough and says she has big trust issues. Maddie struggles to let people in."

Does Maddie still have contact with her mum?
"Occasionally yes - she tries to send her mum money when she can. This week Maddie makes a deal with Sophie to give Sally's watch back in exchange for £50, and she wants the money to send back to her mum."

What does Maddie make of Sophie?
"I think Sophie intrigues Maddie. Sophie is massively determined to get to know her, and Maddie can't get her head around that. She's never had that much attention before, certainly not positive attention anyway! Maddie doesn't really know what to do with it. I think Maddie has met her match a little bit. Nobody has ever stood up to her before, so maybe that's why Sophie's different."

Does Maddie think it could be something serious with Sophie?
"I think so. I think she will start to feel as though she's lucky for once. Sophie is adamant she will soften Maddie, and I think Maddie really admires that."

Maddie pays Sophie a compliment.

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Maddie pays Sophie a compliment.


Does she think that Sophie fancies her too?
"Initially Maddie isn't sure. Maddie is flirty with Sophie when she starts to think that Sophie might have feelings for her. Maddie rises to the challenge. It's only when they start to get to know one another and Maddie starts to let Sophie in a little bit that they both realise there could be something bigger between them."

This week, Sophie refuses to give Maddie the £50 for the watch, despite their deal. How does Maddie react?
"I think she feels as though she's well and truly met her match! She's impressed by Sophie's cunning and her fearlessness. Maddie is not used to people taking her on. There's a power struggle between them and that becomes evident when Sophie tricks Maddie into giving her the watch. Maddie is developing a soft spot for her at this point."

Then Maddie breaks into the Websters' home…
"Yes, she breaks in to get the watch back, but she has a shock when she finds Tim on the sofa! I get the impression that she's not used to breaking into houses. Her ulterior motive wasn't breaking into the house, but getting the watch to get back at Sophie."

How does Maddie feel when she has to attack Tim?
"Maddie is streetwise enough to know when she has to lash out. It was self-defence. I don't think the fact that it was a man bothers her at all - Tim certainly doesn't scare her anyway! No matter who it was I think she would have reacted in the same way."

Tim makes a grab for Maddie.

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Tim makes a grab for Maddie.


Maddie later tells Sophie that she needs money for her brother. Is she being honest?
"Yes, completely honest. When you see Maddie with her family, you see a different side to her. She can be really soft with her mum and works hard to keep her calm, but she easily flips from that to being harsh and telling Sophie to back off. She cares so much about her little brother. Maddie has never been this honest with anyone before. She's not used to letting people into her circle of trust."

Next week, Sophie also spots that Maddie has a bruised face. How does that happen?
"She gets a bruised face from her mum. Her mum can get violent towards her. I think Maddie is embarrassed by the bruise, especially when Sophie asks about it. I think Maddie sees it as a sign of weakness as it shows she can be vulnerable too."

How does Sophie find out about Maddie's background?
"Sophie has a job writing for the shelter's magazine and she accidentally-on-purpose uses the opportunity to do some detective work on Maddie. She asks Eleanor, who works at the shelter, lots of questions about Maddie's background. At that point, Sophie's intrigue grows. Now she knows Maddie has a family, she knows there's more to her than meets the eye."

How does their first kiss come about?
"It's extremely unexpected. She tells Sophie afterwards that she did it because she felt like it, and I think that's the truth. Just before Maddie kisses Sophie, she's really angry at her for sticking her nose in and checking up on her background. Maddie confronts Sophie and asks her why she's poking her nose in.

"At that point we think Maddie is going to lose it and end up hitting Sophie, but instead she kisses her. It's like she's suddenly channelling her energy in a different way. That's what's so great about playing Maddie - you never know which way she's going to go or how she's going to react to something."

Will Sophie get more than she bargained for?

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Will Sophie get more than she bargained for?


How are you getting on at Corrie?
"I'm absolutely loving it. It's such a little family over here! Everyone I've met has been so accommodating and helpful, especially Brooke Vincent because I'm with her so much! She's completely taken me under her wing and really looks after me. It's nice to have someone who is a similar sort of age.

"I've then also got Sally Dynevor who has been so lovely too - and she's been here years and years, so it's great to have someone with a lot of experience to help me."

Is it true that you're sharing a dressing room with Hayley Tamaddon (Andrea)?
"I am! I've only seen her a couple of times because we have completely different call times. But we have completely had a laugh when we have been in there together."

Were you a big Corrie fan beforehand?
"I didn't watch it but my family do and they are obsessed! So to be honest I didn't really need to watch it, I knew what was going on through them!"

What was your first day on set like?
"Strangely it was quite easy to deal with. I'd psyched myself up on the way in and I like to be thrown in the deep end. I got into the swing of things - especially as my first scene was dunking Sally's face in a trifle!"

What do you enjoy about playing Maddie?
"She has so many emotions she just doesn't know what to do with them. She's such an interesting character to play because her behaviour is so unpredictable. I've enjoyed putting my own spin on it. She has a sharp sense of humour which is a lot of fun."

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