As fans of Corrie will surely know, on Christmas Eve, Katy Armstrong and her boyfriend Chesney Brown (Sam Aston) are going to get the Christmas gift that keeps on giving…
No, not a jam of the month certificate; a baby!
And Georgia May Foote, who of course plays teen mum Katy, has been telling Digital Spy what it’s like to have such a major storyline in the iconic soap.
First, she explained that her character takes over from Faye Windass (Ellie Leach) in the local nativity play as the little girl gets stage fright.
So, in the role of the Virgin Mary, the audience are amazed at how realistic Katy’s portrayal of the Holy Mother’s labour is…
Until of course everyone realizes that Katy IS actually in labour! And in the best tradition of soapy births, baby Joseph doesn’t hang around waiting for an ambulance and makes his world debut right there on stage, with Anna Windass (Debbie Rush) acting as midwife.
DS then asked Georgia, “How do you feel about getting a big Corrie Christmas storyline?” to which she replied, “I was quite shocked when I heard that Katy would be giving birth around Christmas time!
“I remember when I was reading the scripts and realised that it was going to be one of the main storylines for Christmas.
“I was excited and just wanted to make sure I did it justice, really.”
And of the scenes in which Katy’s in – rather rapid – labour, Georgia said, “Well, she’s definitely quite shocked…
“And the fact that there’s so many people there makes her nervous at first, but she always knew the baby was due around this time.
“She’s a little bit scared that she’s not giving birth at a hospital, which is where she’d feel most comfortable.
“Obviously you don’t expect to be giving birth in the middle of a play!”
Of how she felt acting out Katy’s labour, Georgia said, “I was really nervous leading up to doing the scenes, and there was quite a long wait to do them.
“We filmed the storyline out of sequence, so I filmed quite a lot of scenes which take place after the baby arrives before I’d actually filmed the birth.
“But then the shoot for these scenes finally came up.
“It was a bit strange, but I had Debbie Rush who plays Anna there with me along with a midwife, and they were both really good and gave me loads of advice.
“In the end, I was actually quite pleased with how the scenes went – I think they went really well. It definitely wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.”
And finally, of filming scenes with a baby, Georgia said, “It’s been really good. I’ve had a year of looking after baby Hope when she was quite small, so I had a year’s worth of practice before this actually happened.
“I was quite lucky in that respect.”
I can’t wait to see little Joseph making his arrival! And to make sure you don’t miss any episodes over Christmas, click here to check out what time they’re airing.