Corrie star Jane Danson says Leanne Barlow has “always known that Nick loves her more than she loves him”
However, now both of them are single again – as Leanne and Peter are of course over, and Nick ended his relationship with Leanne’s half-sister Eva (Catherine Tyldesley) recently – it was almost inevitable that they would revisit their on-off love for each other.
But while speaking to Soaplife about Leanne and Nick (Ben Price) becoming a couple again, Jane Danson, who of course plays Leanne, revealed that she thinks Peter will always be the love of her character’s life.
Of Nick though, Jane said, “Nick’s got it all – he’s successful, good-looking, a decent family man, kind of the whole package…
“Leanne hadn’t been going out for him, but when he makes his feelings clear she thinks they could have a nice life together. She doesn’t really question whether she loves him or not.
“I think what’s happened with Peter has toughened her up a bit and I don’t think she’s prepared to get hurt again.
“I think she’s always known that Nick loves her more than she loves him.”
Of how Leanne still feels about Peter, Jane – who’s also starred in Children’s Ward, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates and The Grand – added, “I think Peter is probably the love of her life, but he’s hurt her so badly I don’t know if she could ever go back.”
And of course, given that Eva has been trying to get back with Nick since he ditched her, she won’t be overjoyed to hear that he’s dating Leanne again.
Of that, Jane said, “There a lot of tears and tantrums from Eva, but Leanne insists she hasn’t done anything wrong and that Eva needs to get over it.”
However, Jane revealed that when push does indeed come to shove, Leanne’s mum Stella (Michelle Collins) sides with Eva over the issue, and tells Leanne she has to move out of the Rovers.
Jane said, “And in true Battersby fashion Leanne brings up the whole ‘you left me when I was a child so it must be easy dumping me the second time round’.
“She’s hard about it, she has to be.”
Finally, Jane added, “Nick is basically everything Peter isn’t, so she’s looking on it as a totally different life and a fresh start for her and Simon.
“She’s trying to be practical about everything. She does have feelings for Nick, but she’s thinking with her head more than anything else.”
Do you think Leanne and Nick go the distance this time? Or would she go back to Peter if she could?