A whopping 12 million viewers tuned in to Corrie last night for the big whodunit reveal, and for many, it was a big shock to learn it was his mum Anne who murdered him.
Anne, who’s played by Gwen Taylor, revealed that she hit Frank (Andrew Lancel) over the head with a whiskey bottle after hearing him taunting rape victim Carla Connor (Alison King).
However, in last night’s dramatic showdown, not only did Sally Webster (Sally Dynevor) nearly end up on the death list, Carla could’ve too when Anne brandished a knife and threatened to kill her if she called an ambulance for Sally.
But of course, in the end, the somewhat stupid Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell) blundered in on the scene – why he didn’t just call the police is a bit of a plot hole but hey ho – and broke the spell over Anne and her confession session, and she collapsed sobbing while Carla summoned help…
But today, the Sun’s TV Biz reports that Gwen Taylor has revealed she’s had “a bit of a hard ride from fans” over her character’s storylines.
And having been unmasked as the killer, she joked, “I might have to get a bodyguard!”
And of Anne, she said she’s “the nastiest character” she’s ever played, and added, “I’ve had a bit of a hard ride from fans up until now…
“And they’ll be upset that I’ve attacked Sally. Anne’s been awful. She’s been very unkind and cruel and the way she’s turned on Sally is terrible.
“But at the end, Anne’s on the verge of madness. I’m a criminal!”
However, Gwen revealed that she’s enjoyed her Corrie role. She said, “I hoped I’d get to play a character this evil one day.
“They are always more interesting and I’d like to do it again. It’s nice to play someone with no redeeming features.
“You have to find out why people are like this.”
Gwen went on to say that many viewers don’t accept that Carla was raped, since she and Frank were engaged when it happened.
She said, “There are a lot of people who don’t think he can have raped her.
“I don’t believe this but a lot of people have said, ‘Don’t be silly — he can’t have raped her, they were having a relationship’.
“So there will be people who think, how dare Anne? And that he was innocent.”
And finally, of learning it was her character that murdered Frank, Gwen said, “I was absolutely shattered when I found out Anne was the killer. Andrew [Lancel] told me on the quiet some time ago.
“He knew before me because he was leaving first, he wheedled it out of them and spilled the beans.
“It’s been dreadful keeping the secret, especially from family.
“I was talking to people in the airport in Belfast in Ireland and they were saying, ‘I bet it’s such and such but, oh, you’re nasty, you’re horrible, it could be you’.
“I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, I’ve got this name for being a horrible woman’ [but] a lot has happened to the poor woman, she’s lost her husband then her son and stuck to her guns about his innocence.
“Then she begins to realise something is very wrong. The humiliation of that, and the fact she has been so horrible to people, is too much for her to live with. It turns her funny.”
We’ll find out this week how the Street’s residents react when they hear the news that Anne killed Frank.