Corrie star Brooke Vincent says being run over as Sophie Webster was scarier than falling off a roof!

by Lynn Connolly

Coronation Street teen Sophie Webster has of course been a tad accident prone in the last couple of years, what with her fall from the roof of a church and now, she’s about to be knocked down by a car!

But while speaking to TV Biz, Brooke Vincent, who of course plays Sophie, has revealed that in direct comparison, filming the scenes in which Sophie’s run down were scarier than the fall that left her fighting for her life.

The road accident of course comes after Sophie pushes a drunken – and high on drugs – Ryan Connor (Sol Heras) out of the path of a car. He flees the scene of the accident, leaving Sophie lying in the road.

A stuntwoman filmed the moment when Sophie is actually hit by the car, but Brooke did the rest of the scene herself, including dodging the moving cars.

She said, “However much the stunt co-ordinator told me the cars wouldn’t touch me, because the stunt drivers knew exactly what they were doing, it went against every instinct to step into the road…

“The cars were so close and doing 20 to 30mph, and your reaction is to move out of the way.

“But it was all so cleverly done. It required 100 per cent concentration and there had to be a lot of communication to make sure everyone knew what they were doing.

“If just one person was out of time it could have easily gone terribly wrong.”

After the accident, we’ll see Sophie being rushed to hospital where she’s told that she may never walk again. And to make those scenes look realistic, Brooke had wooden splints attached to her legs.

She explained, “They hold my legs straight and I can’t bend my legs or walk without crutches.

“So when I go to the toilet somebody then has to pull me off the toilet. It makes you realise how hard it is for people who experience this in real life.”

Brooke has of course starred on Corrie since she was 11 years old, and when asked what she might have done instead if she wasn’t on the show, she said, “If I wasn’t in Corrie, I’d probably be in a young offenders’ institute!

“I really don’t know what I would have done — been a nuisance somewhere, probably.”

She added, “I had a plan when I was 16 that, when I was 20, I was going to go to uni. But things don’t always turn out the way you plan.

“I’m happy and I’d rather be happy than be somewhere else, regretting what I’d done.

“Instead, I’m thinking of taking up a night class.”

You can see a preview clip of the run-up to Sophie’s accident by clicking here.

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.