Coronation Street star Brooke Vincent has revealed that although she’s loved the dramatic storylines surrounding her character Sophie Webster’s sexuality – Sophie is of course gay – she’s happy that the writers give her other plotlines, such as the forthcoming road traffic accident.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Brooke said, “I didn’t just want to be known as the actress who played a lesbian,” she tells us.
“I loved playing that storyline and it got loads of positive attention, but there is more to Sophie and to other teenagers than just their sexuality.
“I was ready to tackle another teen issue and I was glad it was drugs. It’s the hardest storyline I’ve ever had to play.”
The paper adds, “Viewers will be stunned to see Sophie’s tragic accident after a night out with bad boy Ryan Connor.”
Explaining how Sophie ends up critically injured after a night out with Ryan (Sol Heras) Brooke said, “Ryan is upset to find that he is no longer having a baby with Tracy Barlow so he turns to drugs…
“Sophie tags along to look after him. The differences in their behaviour are clear to see.
“When Ryan runs back and forth across the road in front of a car, Sophie tries to stop him – and in pushing him out of the way gets mowed down herself. Ryan then flees the scene.
“It’s a turning point for my character but an exciting one. Many people my age are faced with the choice of whether or not to try drugs.
“I’ve never ever taken drugs, but I wanted to highlight the dangers they can cause. They can put you in a situation that can wreck your life and the lives of those around you.
“The scenes where I’m lying in the hospital and Michael Le Vell and Sally Dynevor (her onscreen parents Kevin and Sally Webster) are crying and telling me they loved me were really hard.
“I started crying too. It was like we crossed the line from acting to real life. I feel that I’ve grown up with them.”
But of Sophie coming out as gay in 2010 – when she fell for friend Sian, who was played by Sacha Parkinson – Brooke said, “I saw that I helped lots of people come to terms with the issue so I wanted to do it again with something else.
“There aren’t actually many lesbians on telly and Sophie and Sian were so young.
“But we made sure we didn’t change our appearances or start acting any differently to meet the stereotype.”
Brooke went on to reveal that there’s a new romance in store for Sophie early next year.
She said, “I can’t reveal whether her relationship will be with a new character or an existing member of the street but it will be with another girl.”
Don’t miss Sophie’s horrendous road traffic accident in this week’s episodes, but for now, here’s a sneak peek of events in the run up to the drama…