Coronation Street star Sue Cleaver on Eileen’s romance with married man Paul
Corrie star Sue Cleaver has been telling TV Times magazine that when she learned her character Eileen Grimshaw was to have a new love interest, she assumed it would all go wrong for the unlucky in love blonde.
When asked what her first reaction was to learning Eileen would fall for fireman Paul, who’s played by former Hollyoaks actor Tony Hirst, Sue said,“I thought ‘Oh God, here we go! This is going to be a nightmare again; it’ll all go horribly wrong and he’ll be a nasty piece of work.’
“But also, I’m thrilled to be working with Tony Hirst, who plays Paul, and the storyline is fantastic; it hasn’t been done before.”
And when asked to describe Eileen’s perfect man, and if that man is in fact Paul, Sue said, “Well, she’s been so lousy at picking them, she doesn’t know!
“I think someone who’d look after her; somebody who’d put her interests first, because she looks after everybody else all the time.
“And obviously, Paul is not the perfect man by any means.”
As fans will probably know, Eileen’s set to be devastated when she learns that Paul’s married, but will that make Eileen fall out of love with him?
Sue said, “Well, she gets rid of him when she finds out he’s lied to her.
“He comes back and explains the situation, but she says, ‘No, I can’t be the third cog in your wheel: I deserve more than that’, and she tells him to go.”
And as to whether there could be a future for Eileen and Paul, Sue said, “I can’t say exactly what the situation is with Paul, but it is a really interesting dilemma.”