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Coronation Street Actress Discusses Playing Soap’s First Lesbian Muslim Character

Coronation Street star Bhavna Limbachia has opened up about playing the soaps first queer Muslim character.

In recent months, viewers have seen Bhavna Limbachia’s Coronation Street character Rana Haweb marry chef Zeedan Nazir (played by Qasim Akhtar) despite secretly struggling with her sexuality and having an affair with lesbian Kate Connor, played by Faye Brookes.

In a recent interview, Limbachia said that her character needs to come-out as she “owes” it those in a similar position.

“There are so many people who don’t feel they are able to come out and hopefully this will encourage conversations in households within every community and let some people feel able to be honest about who they are.”

The actress also said that filming the emotional storyline had taken a toll on her, added:

“There were times when I was filming scenes, like 12 hours of sobbing. Then when the director said cut I literally had to run backstage and let out a really big cry, to the point where I was nearly sick because I couldn’t stop. You have to go there and it’s heartbreaking. Do you know what? I thought, ‘We’re two people in love, let’s just go for it’. And we did!”

Meanwhile, Brookes is hopeful that the characters will one day get married.

She DivaMagazine:

“I felt like what we were doing was groundbreaking. We broke that barrier, just for a split second. We did it for the sake of our characters and for anyone out there who is feeling the exact same way.

My chemistry with Bhavna is completely natural. It has to be that I’m OK to touch her and she doesn’t feel awkward if we have to hold a kiss or hold hands. We just bite the bullet. It’s a good job she’s so beautiful!”

We’re both very in touch with our feminine side. You don’t need to be gay or straight to feel that. It’s how you feel around that one person.

I want to represent, from a personal perspective, that love is love and everybody should be accepted for who they are, no matter what.”

The soap, which has been running since 1960, has featured a number of LGBT storylines over the years.

Coronation Street’s New Lesbian Story Line Revealed In Explosive Trailer

Ever since Faye Brookes teased that there was a surprise romance on Coronation Street for her character Kate Connor – which would seemingly involve someone already established in the soap – speculation has been rife as to who it could be.

Now a new autumn trailer for the UK’s long running soap, reveals a love-stricken Rana Nazir confronting Kate about her feelings for her.

The teaser of what’s to come shows Rana pleading to her crush: “Do you feel the same about me as I do about you?”

As a shocked Kate is flustered and says that they can’t be together, will she see her mate in a new light and potentially develop feelings back? Or will she shut this down before it goes any further?

The tension between Kate and Rana has been growing for weeks – especially when Kate started dating newcomer Imogen.

Rana doesn’t handle it very well, with Kate accusing her of being homophobic, but the truth is now out there, so what will we happen now?

Coronation Street Fans Left Devastated after Maddie Heath’s Death (TV Lesbians)

Soap fans where left devastated last night after Maddie Heath’s ’emotional’ death.

The young mechanic succumbed to her injuries, after she was knocked unconscious in the explosion on the street last week.

Her devastated girlfriend Sophie Webster and her family were at Maddie’s bedside as she slipped away in hospital.

Last night’s emotional scenes got many fans chatting on Twitter, and most were upset to see the rebellious youngster – played by Amy James-Kelly – leave the soap.

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Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn recently revealed Maddie’s death would spark a “coming of age” storyline for her girlfriend Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent).

It’s a coming of age story for Sophie. She is going to cope, she’s going to deal with it, she’ll look after the funeral and she’ll sort it her way. Obviously it’s agony for her, but I think it’s time that Kevin and Sally started seeing her as a young woman rather than a girl. That’s partly what the story is about.”

Amy Kelly who plays Maddie, announced early this year she wanted to quit the show. In a statement released, the actress said she’d decided to leave after just 18 months in the role because she wanted to try something new.

I’m young and adventurous and I want to gain more experience explore and improve my craft. Acting is my passion and I’m excited to see where it takes me.”

Amy made her first appearance as runway Maddie during 2013’s Christmas episode, when Sophie and her mother Sally volunteered at a homeless shelter.

Coronation Street continues at tonight at 7.30pm on ITV.

 

Coronation Street’s Lesbian Storyline Set For Changes As Amy Kelly Quits Show

That’s right; soap star Amy Kelly who plays Maddie Heath in Coronation Street, is bidding goodbye to Weatherfield, and ending the love affair with Sophie Webster.

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The British soap has announced that Amy, who plays Sophie’s tearaway girlfriend, has quit the show. In a statement released, the actress said she’d decided to leave after just 18 months in the role because she wanted to try something new.

“I’m young and adventurous and I want to gain more experience explore and improve my craft. Acting is my passion and I’m excited to see where it takes me.”

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Amy made her first appearance as runway Maddie during 2013’s Christmas episode, when Sophie and her mother Sally volunteered at a homeless shelter.

Maddie soon started a relationship with Sophie, who had just split from girlfriend Jenna, and moved in with the Websters.

But it seems their happiness will be short-lived.

The news will have come as a surprise to fans of the soap – especially as Corrie boss Stuart Blackburn previously admitted he wanted to keep her in the show for as long as possible.

“We are currently working on an exit storyline for Maddie which will have repercussions for Sophie and other Weatherfield residents.”

Stuart Blackburn

 

78 Year-old, Former Soap Star, Amanda Barrie to Marry Female Partner

Former Coronation Street star Amanda Barrie has announced her engagement to her female partner – 66-year-old crime novelist Hilary Bonner, with whom she lives in Somerset.

“As our combined ages will be 144 at the time of this cosmic event, we felt we might be cutting it a bit fine if we left it much longer… In any case, our dog was feeling insecure.”

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The retired actress, is best known for her role as Alma Halliwell on the soap, with her appearances spanning two decades.

Barrie, who came out as bisexual in 2002, was previously married to theatre director Robin Hunter until his death in 2004.

Gay Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou is also due to depart the soap later this month, previously teasing that his impending exit “will certainly be explosive”.

Coronation Street’s first transgender character, Hayley Cropper, was written out of the show earlier this year, after 16 years.