Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Radio Times Interview

Faye recently chatted to David Brown from the Radio Times about what the future might hold for character Kate Connor on the Cobbles.

Her relationship with Caz was always doomed to fail as her ex fiancee seemed a little unhinged from the start and was clearly keeping secrets. I think we might soon see just how dangerous she can be as this storyline begins to unfold. I'm sure she's not going to let Kate go without a fight.

However, there's surely no way back for the couple now and this hopefully this means there might be a future for Kate and Sophie. It wasn't long ago that 100% of our readers voted for Sophie as the girl they wanted Kate to end up with in our blog poll.

Here is the interview in full:


Coronation Street: Kate to date Sophie after break-up with Caz? 

They'd make a great couple, says Faye Brookes But it doesn't look like Caz will be quitting Weatherfield any time soon... 

Kate looks set to have a tough time in getting Caz out of her life when her army officer ex moves in with Maria.

Upcoming Coronation Street scenes see Kate break up with Caz when the truth about her absence from the armed forces is revealed.

As it turns out, Caz has been lying about being injured and is instead facing a court martial for fighting at her barracks - a scrap in which Caz's opponent came off much worse!

However, it doesn't look like Caz will be leaving Weatherfield any time soon - so how will Kate free herself of Caz's influence? And will she now take up with Sophie Webster, with whom she was recently seen sharing an impromptu kiss?

Here, actress Faye Brookes reveals all about what's coming up for her character - and the rest of her on-screen family...

How is Kate feeling since finding out about Caz’s deception?
She's so hurt. She had given her another chance and now she's discovered she has been lying all along. She feels very betrayed by Caz - I think she invested everything into that relationship especially after everything that happened with Sophie.

Do you think it’s a blessing considering she’s always had her doubts about marrying Caz?
Maybe. She knew she wasn't quite ready for marriage but I think commitment scares Kate. Her Dad hasn't ever really settled down and she's also still trying to figure out who she is. The fact that this has happened makes it easier in some ways for her to get out of the relationship as she has a reason.

Why is Kate so unwilling to hear Caz out? Is it the final straw for her?
I think Kate will find it hard to forgive Caz. This isn't the first time that she has lied to her, so how is she expected to trust her again?

How does she feel when Caz moves in with Maria?
Firstly, I think she's questioning Maria's loyalty - why has Maria taken Caz's side? And just when Kate thinks that Caz is no longer an issue in her life, she finds out that she is only down the street!

Caz has already shown her controlling side – is there potential for this story to take a dark turn if she sets her mind to winning back Kate?
Oh I think Caz is capable of anything! That's what's slightly scary and puts Kate on edge. She's is a very clever girl...

Where does this leave Kate and Sophie? Is there still chemistry between them?
I'm hoping that Sophie and Kate will become better friends because of it. That's what they are first and foremost, but Caz wasn’t happy about that and it affected Kate and Sophie’s relationship.

Do you think Kate and Sophie would make a great couple?
I do actually, but then I like I also love their friendship. Maybe it can be something that we all look forward to seeing unravel - a “will they won't they?"  situation.

Who do the fans want Kate to be with?
100 per cent Sophie.

Kate’s wedding day keeps eluding her! Would you like for her to get married and film a soap wedding?
I would love that purely just for the fact that it could go down in history as the first ever lesbian soap wedding!

Meanwhile, Johnny is growing closer to Jenny. How do Aidan and Kate feel about their dad dating another woman?
Kate loves the idea of her Dad being happy. She's a real daddy’s girl and he's brought them up single handed. Though, she will always want to vet a potential partner for Johnny.

How do you think they’d feel about having Jenny Bradley as their wicked stepmother?
Dad hasn't had the best of luck with his choice of ladies in the past, but I think Jenny Bradley has a lot of potential Step Mum qualities. I do think Kate and Aidan will be wary of her motives.

How is the Connor family feeling since Carla’s departure?
They're all a little lost and they're all dealing with it in our own ways. Kate would have liked to have Carla around when it call goes wrong with Caz. She would value her advice.

Can you give us any sneaky hints about what you’ve been filming recently and what is coming up for the Connors?
I can definitely say that Caz is going to be 100 per cent trouble for the Connors and potentially other residents - but not directly for Kate Connor.

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week's episodes of Coronation Street below


Saturday, 9 July 2016

Strong Young Thing Interview

Check out this fabulous interview Faye did with @Georgiejourno for stymagazine.com:

Having been one of a handful of cast members signing new contracts in recent months, Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes AKA Kate Connor looks ready to take the reins as the matriarch of the Connor family. In a short space of time she has found out about her Dad’s affair, acquired a new family member, planned and cancelled a wedding … oh and a sneaky kiss with Sophie Webster. But with her Fiancée’s lies set to be exposed very soon, the future for the perky factory worker is to become quite dramatic. We caught up with Faye Brookes recently to ask her all about her recent marathon, playing Kate and the power of social media.

SYT MAG: Congratulations on completing the marathon yesterday, have you recovered?  
FB: I am off today so I am going to get a massage. I properly went for it. It’s a cause that means to much to me. I like to keep fit, it’s a part of my daily routine so I thought I just need to go for it. But the competitive inner Faye was wanting to beat the best time and was saying “GO GO GO”, it’s like I left my body behind. I did 10k in 55 minutes. The atmosphere was unreal. I am so glad I took part.

SYT: I guess when you are surrounded by all those people the adrenaline kicks in and you just got for it?  
FB: There were 36,000 people in the race yesterday. It’s mental to think about. I was trying to get my head around it this morning from people telling me. I didn’t absorb it at all yesterday, it was all a bit of a blur.

SYT: Did you read a lot of the feedback on Twitter? You are quite together with social media.  
FB: I am totally loving the power of Twitter and how much money we did raise for The Royal Children’s Hospital, it means a lot to me. My brother went there when he was diagnosed with Leukaemia, I really wanted to give back and we did. Reading everyone’s comments they were just so excited for me and some of them were there, some were supporting through Twitter. That’s the amazing thing about social media these days is that it can have that effect on people.

SYT: Did you meet many fans whilst you were there?  
FB: They were all there. Some of them came to the tent when I was having my physio done and of them were at the parade on different parts. A map has been set out for the races so you end up meeting some of them along the way. There was a bus set up for the Royal Children’s Hospital and they were all dressed up, they didn’t know who I was, I was just wearing their t shirt, running past them and they are all cheering and shouting. It got me through. It was amazing.

SYT: Did you do much preparation beforehand or are you just a natural runner?  
FB: I did. I made sure I built up to a good kind of mentality for it. I was nervous on the day, I was taking my training to the point where I had to give myself a day off whereas usually I would be like ‘Oh let’s make sure I get a good fitness work out today’ and that is where I go to. If I don’t do anything I get a little bit twitchy. I’m a dancer, trained in theatre, if I don’t do something with 100% of me just going “YEAH YEAH YEAH” for about an hour then I am just no one’s. I’m just rubbish, I have no personality. So I was twitchy when it came to the actual 10k. I was ready to go and I had built up in my head that I was ready to do it. I think it was mind over matter at the end of it all.

SYT: So you were in Theatre, what made you do the jump from stage to screen?  
FB: It wasn’t necessarily a choice of doing a jump. I always wanted to be on TV and the right job came at the right time.

SYT: Did you know much about Kate before you auditioned for her?  
FB: Kate was a brand new character and I was in the middle of performing for Shrek the musical playing Princess Fiona. I got the call from my agent saying they want to find a new character, this is what her background is, are you interested? I said absolutely. I didn’t know what was in store for me. They were going to have her played as a lesbian, it was going to be her secret then there would be a big reveal, then they changed their mind. The writers were two-ing and throwing. I thought ‘This is what it is going to be like!’. I just didn’t know what to expect. I got down to the screen test with Kim, met the most amazing director and that was it. The rest is history. I am now a Connor and loving life.

SYT: You have acquired quite the fan base since being on the show. Did you realise how massive it would be?  
FB: No, I really didn’t and I am so grateful for the support absolutely. Like I said the power of social media these days is far beyond what I thought it was going to be.

SYT: Now Brooke Vincent (Sophie Webster) also has acquired quite the following in the past few years. Did you realise how much of a stir you would cause?  
FB: I love being associated with Sophie Webster because wherever she goes I am loved as well. That’s how I feel. The likes of Brooke have been there since she was young, she has grown up on Coronation Street, so hats off to her she is like … a Corrie Princess, through and through. I have to basically follow in her footsteps so if I get to be associated with her even better.

SYT: Well you have some even bigger shows to fill with the departure of Carla Conner …  
FB: I know, I am gutted she has left.

SYT: Before joining the cast, did you have any worries? It is quite a big family to take on.  
FB: Oh I know and because I am from Manchester as well it is even better. I just relished in it. Not wasting a second. I have a massive support group behind me, my family, my friends and Gareth.

SYT: Well you are certainly have the social media side sorted. You are very good at it I have noticed.  
FB: I don’t know if I am good at it you know, I am just getting on with it. I speak to Richard Hawley and he is just getting in to it, he is so oblivious to how it works. We sit there, we talk about it, it gets to the end of the week and he is like ‘I think I need to take a break from this, it’s too much’. I think there is a way of just doing it, if you make it a part of your life then it is a natural way to reach out to fans and it is just the norm. It doesn’t have to be put on this pedestal. Yes we always have to think about what we say and do, naturally, it happens in everyday life. We all have our flaws. When it comes to social media I think there is a strong powerful outlook on it, that’s exactly what I take from it. I am just so grateful for the fans, I hope they keep following us and I will always be open to them, if they are happy to receive what I put out there.

SYT: What kind of things do they say to you?  
FB: I answer to fan mail too so it isn’t just Twitter I’m listening to. I listen to a lot of girls who have struggled coming out to their family and that is really interested for me because everyone knows I am playing a gay character but I’m not actually gay. So if I can help them in any way through the Kate Connor character that’s just a really lovely feeling, to walk away and know I have helped people not just playing a character then going home and having my dinner. Hopefully being a positive influence.

SYT: It’s great that you realise something like that because a platform like Coronation Street has a big impact in that way, if people can see it played out it then it gives it less stigma.  
FB: We need to keep the authenticity of Coronation Street which means we are real and people can relate to us.

SYT: How would you like to see Kate develop as a character?  
FB: I would love her to be the new Ali King but there is no point trying to be her. There is only one Carla Connor and that’s ok. I can be her little sister who hopefully gets to carry on in her footsteps in working at the factory and being a Connor.

SYT: Well you still get to wear awesome clothes …  
FB: Everyone loves her wardrobe!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Vote For Faye - Sexiest Female

Voting for the Inside Soap Awards 2016 is now open!

Make sure you vote for Faye as 'Sexiest Female'!

VOTE FOR FAYE AS SEXIEST FEMALE

Voting closes on Monday 15th August 2016 so you have plenty of time to encourage all your friends and family to vote too!

Monday, 30 May 2016

Faye at the British Soap Awards

Sunday Express Interview

In the closet with Coronation Street star Faye Brookes 

How do you describe your style?
Girlie and glamorous.

Which colours and shapes suit you best?
Black is my basic, but I’m becoming more adventurous when it comes to colour. I love gold, all shades of blue and nude pinks. Shape-wise, I love high-waisted trousers, fitted dresses and full skirts.

What is your favourite fashion era?
The late 20s and 30s – the fashion for men and women was so elegant. When I did the TV drama Our Zoo, set in that era, I adored all the costumes.

What is your favourite high-street store?
Topshop, always.

Who are your favourite designers?
I like British designers, especially Burberry and Mulberry. But if money were no object, Christian Dior.

Do you have a style icon?
Audrey Hepburn. I like to think I’m a bit like her, without the short fringe.

What is your best beauty secret?
Use an anti-ageing eye cream.

Are you a fan of vintage?
Yes. York is one of my favourite cities for vintage.

How many shoes and handbags do you own?
Sixty pairs of shoes, including boots and trainers, and 30 handbags, including my favourite Mulberry. Gareth bought it for me after I landed the role of Princess Fiona in the touring version of Shrek in 2014.

What is the best piece of fashion advice you have ever been given?
Keep it simple.

Faye models a gold sequin top and silk organza skirt from Coast. The skirt was a present to herself for her birthday

What is your current favourite outfit?
A camel coat over a fitted dress – it’s chic and simple.

Is there an old favourite you turn to in a wardrobe crisis?
One of my Jack Wills blazers.

Have you a favourite pair of jeans?
Yes, a pair of black stretchy Joni jeans from Topshop.

How similar or different is Kate’s wardrobe to your own?
The colours and patterns are bolder and louder than the ones I’d wear in real life, but she has some really cool pieces, too. Some of her clothes I’d never wear – she has an oversized Del Boy coat, which suits her personality, but I don’t think I could get away with it as me.

Do you help choose Kate’s wardrobe?
Corrie stylists pick things out they think will work, then I get my say, because I have to feel comfortable. On my first day on set I wore a pair of really high Russell & Bromley tiger-print wedges. In the beginning, I was stumbling all over the cobbles but when I got into character, as confident Kate, I could suddenly walk properly. They are so her.

How much do you spend on clothes each month?
About £100, but I do splash out more for a special event, like the £150 I spent on a long skirt from Coast for my birthday.

What is the most expensive item in your wardrobe? And best bargain?
A Juicy Couture tracksuit, which cost over £200. My best bargain is a leather biker jacket from River Island, which cost £30 in a sale.

What is the oldest item in your wardrobe?
My nana’s fur jacket with her initials in the lining. I never wear it, but I’ll keep it for ever.

Who would you like to make your wedding dress?
Vera Wang. I’m thinking Sex And The City.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

TV Choice Awards - Vote For Faye!

Make sure you vote for Faye as the 'Best Newcomer' in the TV Choice Awards 2016! 

Click on the link below to vote.

TV Choice Awards Voting Link

Voting closes at midnight on Friday 3rd June 2016.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Sponsor Faye on her Charity Run


Faye and Tina's JustGiving Message


We have dug out our trainers and sweat bands to take part in this year's Great Manchester Run in support of the wonderful 'Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity'.

The hospital treats some of the poorliest children from across the North West all of whom show immense bravery and courage whilst receiving treatment from often life threatening and debilitating illnesses and this is where all the money we raise will go. Anything you can spare, pennies or pounds, in sponsorship of our race around Manchester would be most welcome so thanks for taking  the time to visit my JustGiving page.

Click Here to Visit Faye and Tina's JustGiving Page

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Has Faye Got Style or What!

Here are a few pictures showing that Faye is not just ridiculously beautiful but she also has an incredible sense of style.



The pictures above were taken earlier this week in Manchester and the two below were taken back at the beginning of April when she visited the Palace Theatre to watch the Green Day musical American Idiot.


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

It's That Lesbian From Corrie!

Love this video blog Gareth and Faye posted on Facebook Sooooo cute!

100% Voted for Sophie in our Poll

According to our latest Corrie poll, Caz is fighting a losing battle in her attempts to hold on to Kate.

100% of our readers voted for Sophie as the girl Kate would end up with in the end.

Personally I hope they're right because Caz seems a little unhinged and I can't see a happy ending for her and Kate.

It would be nice to think that Kate and Sohpie could be the first Corrie lesbians to walk down the aisle and still be together in 5+ years time.

Of course this is soapland so anything can happen. We'll just have to wait and see.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Support Faye On Her Charity Run

Two stars of Coronation Street are putting on their running shoes to help raise funds for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.

Tina O’Brien and Faye Brookes, both regulars in ITV’s long-running soap Coronation Street, will be putting their best foot forward at the Great Manchester Run as part of Team Humphrey.

The Manchester-born actresses will be joining 2,000 Team Humphrey fundraisers on the day at Europe's biggest 10K running event, to help raise funds to support the charity’s Helipad Appeal.
Of the run, Tina says:
"I’m delighted to be taking on the run with Faye in support of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity. Being born and bred in Manchester, I know the exceptional work the Children’s Hospital does and I’m proud to have supported the charity at a number of fundraising events over the years.
We are so lucky to have such a fantastic facility on our doorstep and it’s going to be great fun taking on this prestigious run for such a worthy charity."

– Tina O’Brien
 
All funds raised from the Great Manchester Run will go towards the Charity’s fundraising appeal to build a 24 hour access helipad on location at the hospital’s Central Manchester site.

Currently, the hospital relies on a secondary landing site in a local park, adding precious minutes to the transfer of an incredibly ill child. An on-site landing pad will help to dramatically reduce patient transfer times by up to two thirds and in turn will help to save lives and improve patient recovery.

Faye, who joined the Coronation Street Cast last year as Kate Connor says:
"This is my first time running the Great Manchester Run and I’m really excited to take on the challenge in support of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
It’s such a fantastic charity to support and I jumped at the chance as the hospital was unbelievable when they looked after my little brother.
I’ve no doubt the knowledge my fundraising is going towards such a great cause will spur me on throughout the run!”

– Faye Brookes
 
This year the Great Manchester Run takes place on Sunday 22nd May with Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity once again being the nominated charity for this year.

The 10 kilometre run is open to those aged 15 years and over. Those too young for the main event can also put on their running shoes to take part in the Mini and Junior Run at Event City on Saturday 21st May.

Hannah Thomas, Events Manager for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, said:
"We’re delighted that Tina and Faye have chosen to join Team Humphrey at this year’s Great Manchester Run.
The day is the biggest event in our sporting calendar, so we are very grateful to have them backing our charity.
The Great Manchester Run is always an amazing day with a brilliant atmosphere, and we look forward to cheering Tina, Faye and all our Team Humphrey supporters along on the da."

– Hannah Thomas

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Sophie or Caz?

Well we all saw it coming and now it's been revealed that Kate and Sohpie do indeed become close and share a kiss in a soon to be aired episode of the Street.

Read the story below and vote in our latest poll - under the 'Welcome Message' in the right side bar - to say whether you think Kate will end up with Sophie or Caz.

SPOILER ALERT: Caz walks in on Sophie Webster kissing her fiancee Kate Connor in Coronation Street

She's had her fair share of heartbreak on the cobbles of Coronation Street. However, Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) may be in for even more trouble after Caz catches her sharing a kiss with fiancee Kate Connor (Faye Brookes).

Taken from an upcoming episode of the soap, the pair are seen to get cosy in Kate's flat after she reveals that she has cancelled both her hen party and wedding.

Sophie, who is played by actress Brooke Vincent, originally overhears the news from Michelle Connor as she tells barmaid Liz, that the hen party is no longer on. And eager to lend a shoulder to cry on, she goes over to Kate's flat to give her a comforting hug.

Already suspicious that Sophie is behind her ex-fiancee's decision, Caz also makes her way over to the apartment. However, she gets more than she bargained for when she walks in on Kate and Sophie sharing a romantic moment. For, the pair can no longer deny their feelings for each other and kiss

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Faye & Gareth Backstage at Footloose

The Palace Theatre holds plenty of fond memories for Coronation Street favorite Faye Brookes - and now she can add another one to the collection.

Faye, who plays Kate Connor in Corrie, was proud to revisit the theatre where she once worked as an usher and where she starred as Princess Fiona in Shrek the musical in 2014.

This time the Urmston actress is here to support her singer boyfriend Gareth Gates as he stars as Willard in the hit 80s musical Footloose.

Gareth, who shot to fame in the singing show Pop Idol in 2002, is in the very same dressing room that Faye had for her role as Princess Fiona.

She said: “My first ever job was here. I feel like I have come 360 degrees.

“Our families and the Corrie crew are here tonight to watch the show.

“I remember decorating this dressing room when I was Princess Fiona.”

Gareth, who previously performed at the Palace as Marius in Les Miserables, is keeping in great shape for his role as Willard in the musical about a rebellion against a dancing ban in rural America.

On his dressing room rider is a stock of healthy porridge, bananas for energy and honey to keep those vocal cords in tip top condition for eight shows a week.

He said: “Footloose is a great family show and it’s great to be here in Manchester.”



Here are a few more pictures of Faye looking as gorgeous as ever on the red carpet for the Footloose press night at the Palace theatre in Manchester.


Monday, 15 February 2016

First Kiss Nerves For Faye & Rhea

Faye was recently interviewed about how she and Corrie co star Rhea Bailey had to overcome their nerves for their first ever lesbian kiss.

As I'm sure you know, the couple play The Streets latest same sex couple, Kate Connor and Caz Hammond.

Here is the article from today's Sun:

NEW CORONATION STREET sex siren Faye Brookes has revealed she was a bag of nerves when she filmed her first ever gay kiss.

Her character, Kate Connor, joined the cobbles in September, followed soon after by actress Rhea Bailey as her soldier fiancée Caz.

And while Faye is an experienced stage actress, she admits playing a lesbian on one of Britain’s biggest soaps was a nerve-racking experience.

She said: “It was the first time I’d ever kissed a girl.

“Both Rhea and I were nervous and we had to talk to each other a lot.

“It was the first day I had ever met Rhea too. We read the scripts together first but that was nothing compared to having to actually kiss her.

“There were hands everywhere. Luckily, we had a chemistry.”

Coronation Street has led the way for gay characters in soaps and Faye is proud to carry on the tradition.

She said: “We wanted to make it believable, real and loving.

“I was really glad that Rhea was open to whatever I had to say and I was all ears to her ideas.”

But Faye need not have worried about the scene as she found it easier than kissing a male actor.

Faye, who has been with boyfriend Gareth Gates for three years, said: “In some ways it was easier than kissing a guy. I loved how open she was. I’ve kissed loads of guys on stage and this was very different. We got a really positive reaction from viewers.”

And Faye revealed that singer-turned-stage star Gareth — currently touring in musical Footloose — is not jealous of her smooches with Rhea, because he has to kiss his leading ladies too. 

She said: “Gareth has been very supportive. We both work in an industry where we have to kiss people, and he is so proud. So proud. 

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a man or a woman, it’s work.” 

While the Corrie lovers are preparing for their on-screen wedding in April, Faye exclusively revealed there is trouble ahead as Caz turns abusive. But could there soon be wedding bells for Faye and Gareth? 

She said: “This is all Kate, this isn’t Faye. I’m not getting married any time soon.”

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Your Favourite Look For Faye Is...

After a very tight battle the results of our latest poll are in.

Faye always looks stunning so I knew it was going to be close when I asked you to choose your favourite look from four gorgoues pictures taken at various events over the past few months.

The winner with 22 votes is my personal favourite, this naturally beautiful look from her interview on 'This Morning'.

In second place with 20 votes was the spectacular dress and glamorous look from the NTA Awards.

In joint third place with 18 votes each were the equally alluring and dazzling looks from the TV Choice Awards and the Corrie Christmas party.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Pick Your Favourite!

She always looks beautiful but which of these stunning looks is your favourite for Faye?

I've set up a poll just to the right of this post so as you can vote for your favourite. It's just under the welcome message in the blogs side bar.

If you're visiting the blog on your mobile you will need to schroll down to the bottom of the opening page and click on the link marked 'View Web Version' to be able to see the side bar and vote in the poll.

Vote 'A' for Picture 1 (This Morning)
Vote 'B' for Picture 2 (TV Choice Awards)
Vote 'C' for Picture 3 (NTA Awards)
Vote 'D' for Picture 4 (Corrie Xmas Party)

The poll closes on Sunday 14th Feb at 11am.




Almost impossible to choose I know, I love them all.

If I was forced to pick a favourite I'd probably go for 'A' Picture 1 from 'This Morning'. Having said that, I'll more than likely change my mind tomorrow.