Over the last few weeks, homeless teen Maddie has incurred the wrath of Sally Webster (Sally Dynevor) and her daughter Sophie…
They of course first met Maddie when they volunteered at the homeless shelter on Christmas Day, which is when Sally’s handbag was stolen, and Maddie quickly became the prime suspect.
However, since then, Maddie took things a step further by breaking into Sally’s house, where she encountered Tim (Joe Duttine) who, in the struggle, came off by far the worse when Maddie thumped him!
This week, Amy Kelly, who plays Maddie, has been telling ITV what’s ahead for her character, and how that includes a fledgling romance with Sophie, who’s played by Brooke Vincent.
Here’s what she had to say…
Q. Can you tell us about the first time Maddie meets Sally and Sophie?
First impressions weren’t great! They first met on Christmas Day, and there was a trifle involved!
Maddie wasn’t impressed with Sally’s attitude. She thought Sally was being rude and sarcastic when she said everyone looked ungrateful, so Maddie decided to get her own back by dunking Sally’s face in a trifle and stealing her handbag.
Q. Can you tell us a bit about Maddie’s background and circumstance?
Maddie’s been kicked out of home by her mum so she’s homeless, plus her mum has a mental illness.
Eleanor from the shelter describes Maddie to Sophie and says she has big trust issues. Maddie struggles to let people in!
Q. Does she still have contact with her mum?
Occasionally yes, and she tries to send her mum money when she can. So when she makes the deal with Sophie to give the watch back in exchange for fifty pounds, she wants the money to send back to her mum.
Q. How old is she?
She’s 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’s suspicious of most people, and she’s always wary of their intentions.
Q. What do you think Maddie thinks about Sophie after the first couple of times she meets her?
I think Sophie intrigues Maddie. Sophie’s 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, because nobody’s ever stood up to her before, so maybe that’s why Sophie’s different.
Q. When Maddie steals Sally’s handbag, does Maddie think about how it might make Sophie feel?
Initially no. Her and Sophie don’t really know each other at that point really, so Maddie’s just wanting to put Sally back in her box – she wants to put people in their place!
Q. Does Maddie think it could be something serious with Sophie?
I think so. I think she’ll start to feel as though she’s lucky for once. Sophie’s adamant she’ll soften Maddie, and I think Maddie really admires that.
Q. Does she think that Sophie fancies her too?
Initially, Maddie isn’t sure. Maddie’s flirty with Sophie, and 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.
Q. Maddie kept Sally’s watch and her and Sophie do a deal for Sophie to get it back. How does Maddie feel when Sophie doesn’t keep to her side of the bargain and give her the money in return?
I think she feels as though she’s well and truly met her match. She’s impressed by Sophie’s cunning and her fearlessness.
But Maddie’s not used to people taking her on, so there’s a power struggle between them, and that becomes evident when Sophie tricks Maddie into giving her the watch. Maddie’s developing a soft spot for her at this point.
Q. Why does she break into the Websters’ house?
To get the watch back, but she has a shock when she finds Tim on the sofa! I get the impression 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.
Q. How does she feel when she has to attack Tim?!
Maddie’s 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 bothered her at all – Tim certainly didn’t scare her anyway!
No matter who it was, I think she would’ve reacted in the same way!
Q. When she says 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’s never been this honest with anyone before, and she’s not used to letting people into her circle of trust.
Q. Maddie gets a bruised face. How does that happen?
She gets a bruised face from her mum. Her mum can get violent towards Maddie, and I think Maddie’s 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.
Q. How does Sophie find out about on her background?
Sophie gets a job writing for the shelter’s magazine, and she 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.
Q. So how does the 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’s going to lose it and end up hitting Sophie, but instead she kisses her.
It’s like she’s suddenly channeling 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.
Q. 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.
Q. Who’s been showing you the ropes?
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 also got Sally Dynevor who’s 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.
Q. You’re sharing a dressing room with Hayley Tamaddon….
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.
Q. 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!
Q. 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!
Q. 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.
Q. What is your favourite movie?
I love films but I don’t have a favourite. I love soppy chick flicks! But then I love action movies too, so bit of a mixed bag!
Are you looking forward to seeing Sophie and Maddie’s relationship develop?
For now, here’s a look at what’s ahead on Corrie…