Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Faye At The TRIC Awards

Glorious! Glamorous! Gorgeous! Goddess! 

Friday, 10 March 2017

Fates Academy!

Faye and Gareth have announced plans to open a new performing arts academy. The talented pair will be teaching aspiring young performers how to teach, sing, act and dance.

Fates Academy, based at University Technical College (UTC) at MediaCityUK will teach three age groups - five to eight-year-olds, nine to 12-year-olds and 13 to 18-year-olds every Tuesday from 4.30pm to 7.30pm

Faye is hoping to bring in her Corrie co-stars and producers to teach masterclasses at Fates and the school, which will also prepare youngsters for auditions, aims to put on two shows each year.

The new academy will be offering young talent a place to learn – something she didn’t have herself growing up, Up North.

“There was nothing like this drama school around when I was that age and setting this up is a dream of mine. And working so close by makes it easier to bring people from Corrie in to do masterclasses.

“I would love my co-stars to come in and it’s definitely something we can look at doing.

“I hope that we can inspire the next generation of Coronation Street stars.”

Gareth of course is a talented perfomer himself, he started singing when he was eight, plays the piano, guitar and drums and goes back on tour across the UK with Footloose The Musical next month.

He said: “I already have three performing arts schools in Braford, Huddersfield and Milton Keynes and with Faye doing so well in Corrie and being on TV every night, we though that between us we could really bring a lot of experience to kids who want to perform.

“We have both worked in the industry for years and it’s perfect to open at MediaCity which is literally a stone’s throw from the Coronation Street studios.

“Faye only works two minutes away and will probably be there most weeks and I will be there when I can.”

Anyone wishing to enquire about the academy should email info@fatesacademy.com

You can also follow them on Twitter @FatesAcademy

I'd like to wish them luck for their new venture but I have no doubts it will be a massive success, with Faye and Gareth at the helm how could it not.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Mirror Ball Duet With Gareth!

Make sure you watch this spine-tingling musical duet.

Faye teamed up with her beau Gareth Gates to perform this beautiful rendition of Swept Away from the hit American show Nashville for the 2017 Mirror Ball fundraiser at The Lowry Hotel. 

If you haven't had chance to hear Faye sing before prepare to be blown away. She really does have the most breathtaking voice.


Mirror Ball Pictures!

Faye always looks stunning but I'm not sure I've ever seen her look more beautiful than she does in these gorgeous pictures taken at this years Mirror Ball fundraiser at the Lowry Hotel.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

OK! Magazine Interview

Make sure you pick up a copy of this weeks OK Magazine as it features a lovely interview with Faye and Gareth.




GARETH Gates has been dating girlfriend Faye Brookes since 2012, after they met while starring in Legally Blonde.

The talented duo have been forced to have a long-distance romance, as the 29 year old has a starring role on Coronation Street, while the Pop Idol singer is on tour with Footloose.

But the pair opened up about their relationship, and revealed a shock confession.

Speaking exclusively to OK! Magazine, they explained their romance is seriously intense.

"Our relationship's always fiery because there's so much love there and so much passion," the soap star explained.

"And because we have limited time with each other each week, there's an added pressure as we want it to be perfect.

"When you love each other so much, things get heightened. It's amazing."

"We're both quite needy, sensitive people and, as we don't spend every second together, we thrive on needing each other's attention," Gareth explained.

Kym Marsh's co-star admitted jealousy is a part of their relationship – but they only get jealous of other people.

"I think that happens within every relationship. Jealousy finds its way.

"We get jealous of the time we spend with other people; it's not because we don't trust each other.

After returning from a very romantic break to Paris, the lovebirds also explained they had been thinking about their future together.

"When I do ask Faye to marry me, it’ll be a huge surprise to her," the Unchained Melody singer confessed.

"I know Faye likes surprises, so I probably wouldn’t do it at a time she’s expecting it!"

The Kate Connor actress also revealed they were "broody" and planning to start a family together – but not just yet.

She added: "We’re both broody as Gareth’s sisters have both just had babies and we’ve been holding them!

"We’re definitely going to get married and have babies, we’re just not quite there yet."

The pair turned heads as they took to the red carpet at the National Television Awards, earlier this year.

However, while Faye was awarded best newcomer for her Coronation Street role, Gareth had all eyes on him as he showed off a very deep tan.

But the 32 year old proved he had a sense of humour as he made fun of the beauty mishap.

Taking to Twitter, the Footloose star shared a hilarious ‘winner’s rap’ with his 95.3k followers.

Congratulating his girlfriend of four years, while they lay in bed together, he ‘rapped’: “This is my lady, Faye, and she is the winner of the NTA.

“She won best newcomer walking down the [cup], and she looked like a stunner. No baby, you really did. I was like [growls]. You were so special.”

The actress replied: “I have no make up on right now, I’m going to sleep.”

Joking about his fake-tan disaster, he said: “Well I haven plenty of make-up on, so don’t worry about it.”

He finished the tribute off by letting Faye know exactly how he felt about her award win.

“Baby I’m so proud of you, and I know millions of people out there are proud of you. You smashed it tonight.”

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Faye Wins Best Newcomer at NTA's!

From the day I first saw Faye on Stage nearly six years ago in Legally Blonde I knew she was special and destined for stardom.

It wasn't just her sensational vocals, superb acting, charismatic personality and incredible stage presence, there was something magic about this girl.

Now here she is, six years, three musicals, one play and three TV shows later, loved by millions, living her dream on Corrie and already picking up an award at the NTA's.

Congratulations Faye! Best Newcomer 2017!


Am I surprised? Not at all. 

Not only are we talking about the most talented lady I've ever met but one that's now loved by the best fans around. Thank you so much for voting, I know this award will mean the world to Faye.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

NTA Awards - Vote For Faye!

It's the final count down to the NTA's and that means you only have just over 24 hours to get your vote in for Faye. All votes must be in by noon on Wednesday 25th January.




Friday, 6 January 2017

Metro Interview

It’s weird to think that the expanded Connor clan are still considered Coronation Street newcomers – they have settled in to Weatherfield so well that it’s as if they have been there for years. And Faye Brookes is taking the baton in the Connor newcomer award relay from Shayne Ward at this year’s NTAs.

With Kate having proven popular with fans, we caught up with Faye to talk about being nominated in the National Television Awards, what the future might hold for Kate and her family and whether sparks could still fly with Sophie Webster.
Here is what she had to say:

Kate seems extremely settled as a Corrie character – do you still feel like a newcomer?

I still feel so brand new! I thought I’d missed the boat as I came  into Coronation Street a couple of months after Shayne (Ward, who plays Aidan) and obviously he won the Best Newcomer at the 2016 NTAs and I was so proud of him and so happy. But I just didn’t imagine I would be in the shortlist this year, I am so grateful for everyone’s support and it’s unbelievable.

What is it about Kate that you think fans have taken to?

I think it’s because she’s a bit different; I don’t think she is too eccentric that she will be one of those characters that you will remember forever and ever but she’s certainly someone that you can relate to, particularly the younger generation. I didn’t realise how many teenagers watch Coronation Street – it reaches so many and it’s obviously something they enjoy and something that reaches them and that they can relate to.
Obviously Kate is younger than me but for that playing age, people have obviously been able to take to her. Also, she’s fun, she says it like it is, she’s a bit of a drama queen sometimes but she also wears her heart on her sleeve and that might be what engages viewers.


After Shayne’s win, it’s now over to you to fight the Connor corner…!

Always flying the flag for the Connors, yeah! They’re a strong family, so absolutely!

What has been the highlight of your first year?

I loved filming Carla Connor’s wedding! The cast here have done their fair share of weddings but it was my first one. And I think the drama over that previous Christmas and Kate knowing that Carla is her half sister was the cherry on the top for me as I didn’t know that was going to happen when I first came into the show.
Having the scenes and stories with the family makes me feel like I am part of Corrie history a bit and it helps to give you roots and let you settle in. I think every character always wants to have that personal attachment to Coronation Street.

Coronation Street seems to have a big buzz around it at the moment – is the atmosphere exciting on set?

Oh, yeah, absolutely – especially as we’re going to six episodes this year, everything has to have a  positive energy – if you didn’t, why would you even be here? Everyone loves their job and is getting on with it and we all become like a family with our good days and bad days. The energy is strong because there are so  many fresh faces coming in and we are meeting so many people and we are all working with each other differently now – I am not just with my family now, but have also had scenes as Kate develops friendships which is great as you can explore the character more and there is more of a community feel on screen and off.

Would you like to revisit the potential romance between Sophie and Kate?

Oh, secretly I am always wanting Kophie to happen! The fans definitely do and I always appreciate their support with that. Brooke has been in Coronation Street since she was a little girl and has grown up in this world so to have her by my side makes me feel like I’m a good place. I love Brooke to pieces – I can see Kate and Sophie, maybe and eventually falling for each other. But I do think it’s nice to tease the audience with that so as much as I wish it, it’s not happening any time soon, that I know of. I just wish love for both of them – both of them deserve a happy ending!

What would be your dream 2017 storyline for Kate?

I would love Kate to become a little mini Carla – maybe a bit more responsibility at work or with the family. Maybe it’s not her picking up the pieces but can be her story. It’s nice not to know as well but I do wish more for her because I think there’s more to her than we actually see at the moment.
I could never fill Carla’s shoes but I think Kate can at least be a little, mini her.

And are you planning to stick around on Corrie?

I’m loving my life here – I hope they keep me on for as long as they want me! I am here for another year which is contracted so we’ll see what happens but I’d love to say.

Have you had a sit down with producer Kate Oates about her plans for Kate?

It was brilliant that when she came in, she sat down with every one of us and it was very personal. We talked about our characters before she’d even taken over – she did her research, the girl knows what is happening. She looked at old tapes and reminded us of stories that maybe even we had forgotten. She definitely got me excited about the Connors in general – I love that they are building up the Barlows and that there might be some family rivalry coming up. Watch this space!

Have you kept up with the work of the other nominees in the category?

I am definitely aware of Emmerdale as they are our sister show and we always support each other but there’s no Emmerdale in the Newcomer category this year. I do know of Duncan (James, Ryan in Hollyoaks) and he definitely seems to be one to beat but I don’t think anyone is competitive. We’re all newcomers and happy to be where we are. For fans to vote a newcomer, it’s getting their seal of approval so hats off to everyone to make it into the category as there are so many new faces coming into soaps right now and soaps are hard work. I have done the transfer from theatre, Duncan has done it from music and Tilly (Keeper, Louise in EastEnders) is so young and you can forget how hard it is.

Everybody is just excited to be a part of such a fascinating industry. We’re really proud to fly the flag for Coronation Street and we see the same atmosphere with Emmerdale, EastEnders and Hollyoaks. It’s just all the more reason to just get together and celebrate each other.

You can vote for Faye and Coronation Street in the NTAs by following this link.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

NTA Awards - Vote For Faye!

Faye has made it to the final round of voting for 'Best Newcomer' at the National Television Awards.

I know Faye is extremely grateful to everyone who has helped her get this far but the job is only half done. We all know she deserves this award but she can't win it without you. Please vote and encourage all your friends and family to do the same.

VOTE FOR FAYE

All votes must be in by noon on Wednesday 25th January. Being nominated means the world to Faye and she really appreciates your support. Please vote Faye Brookes!

Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas Everyone!

These beautiful pictures have certainly got me feeling festive!

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish Faye and all our readers a very Merry Christmas!

Faye Brookes, who plays knicker factory worker Kate, says there is trouble ahead for the Weatherfield clan.

The Coronation Street star explains: “Of course there will be drama kicking off on the Street at Christmas – it’s Corrie!

 “There are lots of question marks hanging in the air for Aidan as his affair with Maria comes to a head.

“She’s facing Christmas in prison so Aidan has to decide if he goes with his heart and picks Maria, or his head and stays with Eva.

“Either way, one girl will be left disappointed.

“There’s also Toyah Battersby coming back on Christmas Day – and she holds secrets about her return.”

Elsewhere on the Street, Bethany Platt resorts to diet pills again on Christmas Eve while Nick and Peter brawl as tensions run high on Christmas Day.

Faye reveals: “Both Christmas and the show are about family and those relationships which sometimes aren’t easy.


“And what I can say from the bottom of my heart is that Corrie does have heart and that’s never going to go away.

 “The heart in the show has made it stand the test of time.”

And after a troubled year finding her place on the Street and breaking away from crazy ex Caz Hammond, Faye says 2017 will be a new start for her character.

She reveals: “There’s something going on for all of us though. Kate doesn’t have a very fulfilled Christmas, so we are planning a new year and new Kate for 2017.

 “The New Year is her time to really show who she is. She doesn’t have to just be a fun lesbian – what if she has a real dark side?”

 Faye says she met the new Corrie producer earlier in the year to plot Kate’s story unfolding.

“What was amazing about Kate Oates was that she took us aside to talk about our characters,” she says.

“And I said to her: ‘Look I am Carla Conner’s sister so sock it to me – give me some of those incredible storylines and high drama. I’m ready for it.’

“The Connor family are a massive family tree and there’s loads that they can do with us. 

“I love being in Corrie. I was so overwhelmed when I got the call to say I would be a brand new Connor. I am from Manchester and have watched it for so long. 

“What I love about Kate is that she isn’t what you’d think she’d be like. She’s a bit bohemian and she’s quite cool – the absolute opposite of me. 

 “She’s headstrong and while she’s close to her family she has a fiery side, we all do! She is opinionated and isn’t afraid to say what she thinks. 

Monday, 28 November 2016

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Festive Fun at Manchester Cathedral

On 15th December Faye will be singing Christmas Carols at Manchester Cathedral.

It's an annual event which helps raise money for Manchester Children's Hospital so your entrance fee - £12 Adult / £6 Children - will go to a very good cause.

If you're a fan of Faye on Corrie but never got to see her on stage in shows like Legally Blonde then don't miss this special opportunity to hear her sensational vocals.

Follow the link in the tweet below to purchase tickets:


Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Inside Soap Awards

Last night Faye attended the Inside Soap Awards at London's historic Hippodrome Casino.

Unfortunately on this occasion she missed out on the sexiest female award to Jacqueline Jossa who plays Lauren Branning in Eastenders but we all know it's just delaying the inevitable.

As you can see she looked stunning in a plunging red halterneck dress which she teamed with gold strappy heels.

This last shot was taken by Sophie who was lucky enough to grab a selfie with a few stars as they made their way in.

Monday, 3 October 2016

The Chase Celebrity Special

Hopefully you all tuned in last night to see Faye on The Chase.

Unfortunately she was caught by the Vixen but showed her usual drive and ambition by going for the higher offer of £60k.

Faye has always reached for the stars & normally achieves her goals but you need a bit of luck with the questions on a show like The Chase and on this occasion it wasn't to be.

However, it was lovely to see the real Faye on TV as opposed to her Corrie character Kate Connor and it reminded me what a truly lovely person she is.

She might not have won the money but she looked a vision of beauty as you can see from these screen caps taken by one of her fans on Twitter.

If you missed it you can still catch the show on the ITV Player by following this *LINK*