Coronation Street star Katy Cavanagh has revealed that her Weatherfield character, ditzy Julie Carp, is perceived by some viewers as a sex symbol.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Katy said, “It’s really weird, but I always get men over the age of 40 coming up to me and saying: ‘I love Julie, I love Julie.’ Not the wives – it’s always the husbands who are fond of her.
“I get lots of lorry drivers talking to me, too. And I get fan mail from men as well.
“I had a really lovely poem from a man who was slightly in love with Julie. He must have been over 60 and it was really nice.
“So I think there’s something going on there with Julie and the male psyche. She’s a throwback to a time when women behaved themselves, one of those old-fashioned women who’d do anything to keep her man happy.
“Maybe that appeals to slightly older men. And she’s always nicely turned out…
“Sometimes men like it when women make an effort and we don’t always make so much of an effort nowadays.”
Katy, who’s also starred in Dalziel and Pascoe and The Bill, went on to reveal that when she first landed the role of Julie, her husband “wasn’t too keen” on the character.
She said, “My husband [Chris] wasn’t too keen on Julie at first. He said, ‘That’s lovely, but don’t bring her into the house.’
“Julie can be annoying, but she’s become less so and he’s fond of her now.
“Chris is a glass half-full person – a complete optimist. I think he likes Julie’s joyfulness.
“She’s sweet and vulnerable and I think he finds that quite endearing. He even bought a lovely pink bucket hat for her for Christmas. That was worrying. I was like, ‘OK, thanks for that.’
“I’m not quite sure why he did it, I think he saw it and thought it was perfect for her. I wouldn’t wear it as me, but I would wear it as Julie if I found the right occasion.”
And when asked if wedding bells are in the offing for Julie and her boyfriend Brian Packham (Peter Gunn), Katy said, “These things are out of our hands, but I would love them to get married – it would be hilarious.”