■ The Corrie star, 24, on running the London Marathon, cleaning up sick and why she’s left the cobbles after five years
What was your last day on Coronation Street like?
I was pretty pathetic actually! My mum and dad, two sisters and boyfriend Tom [Leech] all came and watched me film my last scene and I literally did not stop crying all day. There was mascara all over my face and tears and snot dripping on to my clothes! Whenever somebody asked how I was feeling, I’d start again.
Why are you leaving?
I’ve been playing Bethany Platt for five years and before Corrie I’d never done anything else — not even a play. At this time in my life I just want to experience new things, not necessarily anything that’s going to be better than this, because I don’t think that anything will be but it just feels like the right time. Hopefully one day I’ll be back.
Did you have a leaving party?
It was really nice. All my family and friends were there and quite a lot of people from work. Afterwards we went out to a bar and my phone got stolen, so that was sad. I hadn’t backed it up so all the pictures from that night and from the week that I left had gone. I woke up the next morning really hungover and it dawned on me then that my phone had gone. I wasn’t the only one who had my phone stolen that night, a few of the crew did too. I went on Find My iPhone and it was somewhere in Manchester and moving around. I was like, ‘That’s my phone!’
Nervous about the future?
Both nervous and excited — the fear of the unknown is quite scary. The only experience I have of auditions is for Corrie, so it’s a whole new world.
You won the TV talent show All Star Musicals singing Don’t Cry For Me Argentina — would you like to go into the West End?
Not at the moment. I don’t feel ready. I’m too young — I don’t feel mature enough. I want to do some smaller things first.
Do you have any work lined up?
I’ve just recorded an audio book called What Makes Us Stronger. It’s by a girl called Freya Lewis, who was at the Manchester Arena when the bomb went off in 2017. She was badly injured and her best friend died. She’s written a book about the whole thing.
Can you believe it’s five years since you left sixth form?
I had no idea what direction life was going to take me in. I didn’t get into the drama schools I’d applied for. I auditioned for Corrie, but somebody else was offered the part of Bethany first and then I ended up getting it. I was 19 and it took me six months to come out of my dressing room — I was too scared to speak to anyone. Never in a million years back then did I think I’d end up calling Gail Platt a friend!
What jobs did you have before Coronation Street?
I worked at Subway, Next, New Look and the Merrie England Bar on Blackpool’s North Pier. I worked in another bar too but I only lasted a weekend because they tried to get me to clean up the sick on the stairs. I have a phobia about sick so I left!
Will viewers shed tears over Bethany’s final scenes?
She gets a job offer in London. She’s happy but also sad because she wants to stay with her boyfriend Daniel [Rob Mallard]. Daniel’s wife, Sinead, died recently and he needs Bethany. Daniel says he and his baby son Bertie will go with her. At first she’s swept along with that but then people tell her that he’s not over Sinead and it would be a mistake. She starts to realise that actually it might not be the best thing. At the last minute Daniel proposes. Bethany decides to leave Weatherfield, but will she leave alone?
Who will you keep in touch with from the cast?
I’m in a group chat with Sally Ann Matthews (Jenny Connor), Colson Smith (Craig Tinker), Jack P Shepherd (David Platt) and Lisa George (Beth Tinker) — they’ve not kicked me out yet! I’m also in a big group chat with all the girls from the cast. I’m close to everyone but obviously all of the Platts.
How long have you been with your boyfriend, Tom?
Four years. We were looking at houses after six months. I know, crazy! I knew him for a couple of years before that because my best friend and his best friend have been together for seven years. We can’t split up because then double dates would go out of the window!
Do you like to work out? Are you a gym bunny?
Not really, although I’m meant to be going on runs at the moment because I’m doing the London Marathon this year. I’m running for Macmillan Cancer Support with Tom and my cousin.
What’s on your bucket list?
I want to finish the marathon and get a medal, get a good job, go to Thailand — I’ve never been — I want Tom to propose to me at some point and I want to move house — I like having a project.