Blackpool’s newest soap star Lucy Fallon was celebrating the news her contract on the cobbles has been extended, as she dazzled on the Soap Awards’ red carpet.
Nineteen-year-old Lucy joined Coronation Street in February as teenage tearaway Bethany Platt, signing up initially for just six months.
Lucy is certainly a character to be reckoned with on the streetJessica Bell
But it has now been confirmed she will be staying on with a second six-month contract, and will also feature in the ITV show’s live episode in September, as part of the channel’s 60th anniversary celebrations.
Making her red carpet debut, with a glamorous up do and make-up, and wearing a nude and pale blue floor-length gown from Forever Unique, Lucy, from Cleveleys, looked much more elegant than her 14-year-old character’s usual street style.
Lucy, a former Blackpool Sixth Form College student and Hodgson High pupil, is represented by Scream Management, established in Blackpool but now based at Media City in Salford.
Agent Jessica Bell said: “We are very proud of Lucy.
“She is certainly a character to be reckoned with on the street. I am really looking forward to her up and coming story lines.
“Lucy is a great ambassador for young talent.”
Lucy was cast in the soap after the actress initially given the role had lied about her age, claiming she was 19 but in reality was 25 – 11 years older than Bethany is meant to be.
Coronation Street is Lucy’s professional debut, although locally she has been a dancer in the Grand Theatre pantomimes the past two years, and has trained at the Barbara Jackson Theatre Arts Centre.
Her dramatic on screen arrival saw Bethany run away from her home in Milan after a row with her mum.
Also sizzling on the red carpet at the Palace Hotel – ahead of the ceremony at the Palace Theatre, in Manchester, on Saturday night – were fellow Blackpool actresses Hollyoaks’ Nikki Sanderson and fellow Cobbles’ lass Hayley Tamaddon.
The Corrie live episode will also be a key moment for Hayley, who’s played Andrea Beckett since late 2013, as she will make her final appearance alongside love interest Lloyd Mullaney, played by Craig Charles.
Speaking to the Radio Times at the awards, she said she was ‘heartbroken’ to leave the Corrie family.
She said of the exit plot: “It’s a really good story and I couldn’t ask for anything better than to be going out with the live.
“So, I’m just going to keep my head up and look forward to the future.
“There are a lot of fantastic writers out there producing some amazing television. So I’ve got to get back into auditioning for things now.”
With hopes for future ITV drama work, Hayley revealed that the door was being ‘left open at Corrie’.
Nikki missed out on the best actress title, to EastEnders’ Kellie Bright, for her portrayal of domestic abuse victim Maxine Minniver in the Channel 4 show.