Corrie star Alison King on the moment the truth about Carla and Peter is revealed

by Lynn Connolly

As fans of Corrie will doubtless know, next week, Leanne Barlow (Jane Danson) will find out that her husband Peter (Chris Gascoyne) has been having an affair with Carla Connor.

The revelation comes as Leanne’s sitting in the public gallery at Frank Foster’s (Andrew Lancel) rape trial, and, along with the rest of the court, she’ll hear that a PI hired by Frank obtained footage of Peter and Carla kissing.

Of that horrifying moment, Alison King, who of course plays Carla, has told Soaplife that in the heat of the moment, Carla “can’t handle” what’s happening, and she added, “It’s all too messy.”

She went on to say, “Even though it wasn’t true that she was cheating with Peter at the time Frank raped her, they are lovers now…

“She thinks they’re being careful. She has no idea he has a private investigator following them.

“She’d be shocked, but not surprised he’s stooped so low. I think she’s naive not to suspect it.”

And when asked how Carla feels about giving evidence in court, Alison said, “She’s petrified. She doesn’t want to relive her ordeal.

“She’s been wanting to get the court case over and done with, but now it’s here she’s dreading it. And Frank’s composure is unnerving.

“She thinks that as long as she tells the truth about what Frank did that night then the jury will believe her…

“But of course in the back of her mind she knows she’s lying about her current relationship with Peter and that troubles her.

“[So] when Frank’s defence lawyer probes her about her relationship with Peter she becomes defensive; she can see it steering towards the affair and making her out to be a certain kind of woman.

“She doesn’t want to cloud the jury’s eyes about what happened that night and she also wants to protect Peter, who has stood by her.”

However, then comes the moment that the damning photographs of Carla and Peter together are produced, of which Alison said, “Peter’s in the witness box, denying any affair, when Anne gets out this photo and passes it to Leanne in the gallery.

“Carla thinks it’s all over. She hopes the jury will still believe that Frank did rape her, but it’s a massive flaw in her case.”

And if Frank is found not guilty, Alison said that Carla will be “devastated and humiliated.”

She added, “To think that a jury could believe she could make up a story that she’d been raped and lie about such an awful thing would leave her feeling hollow and empty.”

Don’t miss all the drama of the trial in next week’s episodes!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.