Corrie star Georgia May Foote, who of course plays pregnant teen Katy Armstrong, has been telling Inside Soap that in the best tradition of Christmas soapy pregnancies, her character’s labour on Christmas Eve will be so sudden that her neighbour Anna Windass has to deliver her baby.
The drama begins when Katy starts getting contractions in the middle of a nativity play, and Anna, who is of course played by Debbie Rush, soon realizes that little Baby Brown isn’t about to wait around for an ambulance…
So in the stage-set stable, baby Joseph is born, to the delight of his young mum, who was playing the role of Mary. But while that’s all going on, the baby’s dad, Ches (Sam Aston) is having to go through a Planes, Trains and Automobiles-esque journey to get there in time to see his son born.
But phew, he arrives just in the knickers of time, and proudly cradles little Joseph.
Of the birth scenes, Georgia said, “Katy gets through most of the nativity, but when she’s standing over the crib, she gets one big pain and realises it’s not a false alarm!
“Everyone thinks her acting is really realistic, but it’s actually the labour starting.”
And of Chesney’s mad dash across Manchester to be with Katy, Georgia said, “Chesney is working and dressed as an elf when the call comes.
“His van has broken down – but he does everything he can to get there.
“When he does get there, he’s shocked. They never expected things to happen so quickly – and for it to be in a manger with him dressed as an elf and Katy as Mary!”
But when asked if Katy, Ches and now little Joseph are set to be a happy little family, Georgia said, “I think they’ll struggle. It’ll be a shock to the system – they haven’t had much life experience.”
In other news, Charlie Condou, who of course plays Marcus Dent, has revealed via his column in The Guardian that he’s staying on the show for at least another year.
He wrote, “This week I made the biggest commitment of my professional life.
“I’ve signed for another year on Coronation Street, taking me right through to March 2013.
“As an actor, it’s rare to have anything like job security, so knowing where I’m going to be working for the next 15 months is not something I’ve experienced before. It feels right, though.”
Good for you Charlie! I can’t wait to find out what lies ahead for Sean (Antony Cotton) and Marcus next year.