Steve McDonald has never been the best behaved man in Coronation Street, so it was pretty obvious from the moment he mentioned his new college pal, Andrea that trouble was on the cards.
Steve started doing a history course at his local college in a bid to be able to help his daughter with her school work more, but soon started realising that there were more benefits than that to be had.
Not only is he using his course as an excuse to get out of all the jobs he hates doing in the pub he runs with partner, Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh), but now he has found a new gal-pal to mess about in class with, a girl called Andrea.
Michelle was obviously suspicious of this new friendship, given Steve’s track record, so in a bid to put her mind at ease he has described Andrea (Hayley Tamaddon) as being a bit plain and in no way interested in him – But he was wrong on both counts.
When Andrea makes her Coronation Street debut in the next few weeks, it becomes quite clear that she has much more than history or friendship on her mind!
Discussing her character’s motives, former Emmerdale actress Hayley Tamaddon, has been explaining what we have in store with Digital Spy:
“Andrea is sassy but not overly confident. She’s also warm and she’s loving – at the moment! Andrea has had her heart broken numerous times in the past. She’s got a 20-year-old daughter who she had very young, when she was 15 or 16.
“Andrea has struggled like most people do when they have a child at that age, but now she’s out to find Mr Right and I don’t think she’s going to let anybody stand in her way.”
And Mr Right, to her, comes in the form of Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson):
“She thinks so at the moment, yes, but Steve has no idea! They’re friends who’ve met at college, but in her head, there might be something more on the horizon. Andrea does know that Steve isn’t available because she comes straight into the pub and meets Michelle.
“Andrea is nice to Michelle but then she turns round to Steve and says, ‘I don’t think Michelle likes me’. I think it’s probably because Michelle knows Andrea is a single woman and is questioning her intentions. From what I’ve filmed so far, Andrea hasn’t done anything mean or nasty – but that could be something which is on the horizon.
“My brief was just that Andrea’s had so many knock-backs and been unlucky in the past, so she thinks it’s time for her now. She’s gone back to college on the advice of her daughter, as she wants to put herself first.
“Andrea won’t let anyone else stand in her way. She’s one of the lads, she likes playing darts and drinking beer. Steve hasn’t come across someone quite like that before. Even though they’re just friends, Steve is really afraid of Michelle’s reaction and what she might say.
“In the past she’s gone for the wrong type of guy. Now she’s just out to find somebody who makes her laugh and who she can have a beer with. Andrea and Steve have been enjoying a laugh after college each night. Andrea has also been helping Steve with his college work, as she’s a little bit more clever than he is.”
On whether she would consider a return to Emmerdale, where she played feisty Delilah Dingle, Tamaddon concluded:
“I always thought that Delilah should come back with a child and say to David, ‘Here you go – here’s your son!’ Now I’m in Corrie so that’s not going to happen I don’t think, though I do know a couple of people who have crossed back and forth between soaps three or four times!
“You never know what the future holds, but I feel so happy and lucky to be part of Coronation Street. It’s the biggest soap, so I’m blessed really, especially as hundreds of people went up for this role and they chose me.”
Coronation Street continues tomorrow night at 7.30pm on ITV1 / ITV1 HD.