Friday, 27 November 2015

Our Zoo, The Perfect Stocking Filler

If you're loving Faye's wonderful portrayal of Kate Connor in Coronation Street add the 'Our Zoo' DVD to your Christmas list. It's the perfect stocking filler for any fan of this remarkable actress.

Step back in time to the 1930’s and experience the incredible true story of George Motteshead, a man who had a vision to build a zoo without bars.

After purchasing ‘Oakfield Manor’, at a bargain price, he began to envision a zoo where animals were cared for and above all, happy. Along his amazing journey to eventually creating what is Chester Zoo, he faced intense opposition from the public. Watch how George Motteshead would forever change the way zoo’s house their animals.

I absolutely loved 'Our Zoo' and Faye shone in her first major TV role playing the lovely Agnes Franklin.

You can currently pick up the entire series on DVD for an incredible bargain price of just £5.99 from the BBC Shop. Click on the link below.


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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Clip From Kate's Birthday Bash

I loved Kate's birthday bash at the Bistro on Monday's Corrie, especially the 'Push It' dance. We even got to hear Faye sing. . . .well, sort of. :)

Push It by fayebrookesblog

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Is Kate Getting Cold Feet?

Kate gets the best birthday present she could have wished for with the arrival of her soldier fiancée Caz (played by Rhea Bailey, formerly of The Bill).

As celebrations get underway at the Bistro, Caz is keen to set a date for the wedding.

But Kate seems reluctant and her focus is more on turning the factory’s fortunes around.

“I think she has the capacity to be a mini Carla Connor,” says Faye Brookes, who plays recent arrival Kate. “And she’s also getting cold feet about marrying Caz.

"I don’t know if I’m going to get to film a soap wedding yet... but it’s exciting!”

Monday, 9 November 2015

Faye Is Loving Life On The Cobbles!

Here is another lovely interview with Faye taken from the STV website.

She talks about how much she's loving life on Corrie, tells us more about her character Kate and even sneaks in a Shrek link, comparing the Connor's to onions. :)

Corrie’s Faye Brookes talks Kate's feisty side and Connor clashes

The new members of the Connor family have certainly stirred things up on Coronation Street, not least Kate, whose feisty attitude caused a few run-ins at Underworld in the last few weeks.

But who is Kate underneath her tough girl exterior? Faye Brookes, who plays the character, tells us more, as we’re about to see Kate’s fiancée Caz arrive in town, as the ladies plan their upcoming wedding.

How’s Kate settling into Coronation Street at this point?
I think the change has done her some good, I don’t think she had a strong sense of purpose whilst she was away in Spain and in Weatherfield she has a base, in the factory, even if she was reluctant at first to be a part of it.

I think perhaps her dad thinks the move to Weatherfield and her helping in the factory might ground her a little and give her a purpose, but how much she wants to be there is a mystery!

I think Kate looks up to Michelle and Carla as sisters and motherly figures. They are paving the way for her, leading her to something new - be it in the Rovers, or in the factory, or elsewhere. But I do think this move closer to the rest of her family and back on home turf will be the making of her.

How is Faye settling into Coronation Street?
So well. I love it here, everyone is so nice. It’s such a team effort at Corrie - everyone pulls together to make this fantastic programme and it’s great to be a part of. It’s amazing to be here - everyone is genuinely so nice!

What can you tell us about Kate and Caz’s relationship?
With any relationship that is long distance, it’s going to be difficult. They have an intense relationship when they see each other because they don’t know when they’ll get time together again! They’ve been together seven months and they’re already engaged. Kate is very wary of being under the thumb or being controlled in any way - she likes to have her own mind.

Why does she confide in Michelle about how intense their relationship is?
Kate feels close to Michelle and she is relishing that female friendship and guardianship because she’s never had it. So she feels comfortable enough to be honest with Michelle.

How keen is Kate on a wedding?
Well, she has a ring on her finger and she’s set the date, so a part of her must be keen! I think she is getting cold feet, though... I think she’s passive. I think she knows her dad really wants this wedding to happen, and because Kate is such a daddy’s girl then she wants to make him happy.

Has she always struggled to work alongside Johnny and Aidan?
Kate and Aidan have that typical sibling rivalry and they bicker - she winds him up and he winds her up, both in jest and to the point where they infuriate each other!

I think Kate is a daddy’s girl and maybe that annoys Aidan. While he’s older than her and I think Kate likes to think she’s wiser than him. With her dad, Johnny is really keen for Kate to get into the family business but I think he knows Kate isn’t, or initially wasn’t, so interested.

What’s it like working on the Underworld set?
It’s great because of the people I get to work with and the characters that you find in the factory - the likes of Beth and Kirk, who Kate has so much fun with. It’s great because that’s where the Connors are based, it’s their turf, and I like that and I like being part of the Connor family in there, having those roots.

What’s the best thing about playing a Connor?
I love it, I really do. I’ve been so lucky to come into such a strong family. Every single one of the Connors are great - I always say we’re like onions, they all have so many layers to them. I’m really grateful to have that - and that’s the best thing about playing a Connor, is being part of a wider network and of a strong family. They might not always be close, or see eye to eye, but they’ll always stand up for one another and look out for each other.

What kind of reaction have you had?
She’s quite feisty and there’s definitely a bit of rivalry between her and Aidan, hopefully people will see that it’s just sibling bickering! Kate is fun though, I hope people like the mischief she might cause in the factory.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Love is in the Air in Weatherfield!

It looks like we don't have long to wait until we get to meet Kate's fiancee Caz, as according to the report below from todays Sunday Express she's due to arrive in Weatherfield on Monday 16th November.

It's a lovely Birthday surprise for Kate, arranged by her brother Aiden and Carla.

I've seen Faye play nine very different roles over the past five years in TV and theatre and she's been sensational in each and every one, so I'm not at all surprised at just how amazing she's been in Corrie.

She is such a talented actress, switching seamlessly from stage to screen.

I'm really looking forward to this storyline with Caz. I have a feeling it's going to be one of the most exciting relationships we've had on Corrie in years.

Kate is thrilled as Caz pays her a surprise birthday visit


CORONATION STREET fans will see Kate Connor's (Faye Brookes) fiancee Zac (Rhea Bailey) pay Weatherfield a visit next week.

As a birthday surprise, Aidan and Carla arrange for Caz - who is a soldier - to visit her other half and Kate's absolutely thrilled as her taxi pulls up outside.

During Caz's visit, the lovebirds will also make plans to set a date for their wedding.
The scenes - which are set to air during Monday November 16th's episode - come after it was announced back in September that actress Rhea had joined the Coronation Street cast.

The star - who played PC Mel Ryder in The Bill from 2008 to 2010 - has spent the last four years living in Los Angeles.

She recently said of her return to the UK: "Too much sun isn’t good for ya.

"Really excited to be swapping my surfboard for a brolly, and joining the cast on the nation’s favorite show!"

Kate and Caz's big day will be the first ever gay Coronation Street wedding and Rhea also admitted in a recent interview that she can't wait to create history.

She explained: "Caz and Kate's relationship has been a whirlwind, and they're apart a lot due to Caz's job, but they're totally in love and want to get married."

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Faye at Quill Restaurant Launch

Faye and other Corrie stars this week attended the Quill Restaurant Launch Party in Manchester.

As you can seen she looked absolutely stunning. What I once considered beautiful now seems quite ordinary when compared to Faye.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

"I nearly called Barbara Knox 'Rita'!"

I found this article on the Coronation Street Blog which talks about Faye's recent interview with Inside Soap Magazine.

There's a good interview in this week's Inside Soap magazine with Faye Brookes, who plays newcomer Kate Connor.

She talks about Kate being a hot-headed character and we know that she's engaged to a soldier called Caz.  Kate and Sophie will soon meet on the show but the fact that the two women are lesbians doesn't mean that romance will be in the offing between them both.

Faye says: "Kate and Sophie don't see eye to eye at the beginning. That's great for me and Brooke Vincent, who plays Sophie, because it gives us loads to work with. I have a lot of fun scenes coming up with Sally as well. Sally thinks that since Kate is the boss' sister, she can cosy up to her to get ahead. But the plan just ends with Kate finding her really annoying."

Faye says Kate could well turn into a mini-Carla as she's just as brash and cut-throat.

Being a newcomer on set means that Faye's had to get used to everyone's names. "I walked into the green room one day and nearly called Barbara Knox 'Rita'.  I've got to remember not to do that. Barbara is a national treasure and queen bee at Coronation Street. Her dressing room is right opposite mine."

I'm pretty sure Corrie's resident lesbian Sophie - played by the brilliant Brooke Vincent - will be involved in storylines with Kate and her Fiance to be Caz.

That has the potential to be one of the hottest love triangles ever seen on TV.

Make sure you follow Coronation Street Blog and pick up a copy of Inside Soap Magazine for the full interview with Faye.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Cheeky New Connor on the Cobbles

It seems like everyone wants a piece of Faye Brookes right now.

It's a bit of a whirlwind for me trying to keep up with all the Corrie news, TV appearances, interviews and magazine articles, so goodness knows what it's like for her.

Here is another interview where Faye tells us what we can expect from the cheeky new Connor on the cobbles:

Faye Brookes talks to about her role in the expanding Connor clan

Following the triumphant arrival of Shayne Ward’s character Aidan Connor in August, Faye Brookes has made her Corrie debut as his sister Kate Connor.

On track with her self-confessed five-year plan, Brookes reveals she’s “worked her socks off” to get to this point, and she’s determined to enjoy it. So how did she celebrate her first appearance on the cobbles?

“I watched it in a car on my iPad!” says the soap’s newest recruit, laughing. “Work was full-on that day. I finished at 5.30pm and then I needed to get to London to appear on Lorraine the next morning. I had to watch it, to see what the viewers were responding to!”

Swapping the stage for the cobbles
Known for her starring roles in West End hits Legally Blonde and Shrek, Brookes was delighted to receive “positive comments” from fans and her loved ones in light of her latest performance.

“My family are just over the moon, and my boyfriend [Gareth Gates of Pop Idol fame] is really proud and happy for me,” she says, admitting she still finds the whole situation very bizarre. 

“I grew up watching it; I would eat my dinner and it would always be on the telly. You just connect with Coronation Street if you’re from Manchester. Everyone in it is Northern and friendly and the stories are real – if not slightly exaggerated for drama purposes. It was very surreal to watch Sally’s wedding and then see myself in the next scene. I love all the national treasures.”

Who is Kate Connor?
Having lived in Spain for two years, Kate arrives in Weatherfield after discovering her brother Aidan has taken her inheritance and bought a stake in Underworld. With her father Johnny (Richard Hawley) in tow, the self-professed Daddy’s girl and youngest member of the family quickly ruffles feathers.

“I’m not going to be a quiet character,” the 26-year-old rising star promises. “I love that Kate’s the fun, mischievous, cheeky character at the moment.”

A family reunion
On screen, Kate and Aidan’s relationship is similar to that of any siblings: slightly argumentative, playful and competitive, but ultimately loyal. Off screen, it’s much the same. “He’s always tripping me up at work and we bicker about music, actors and films.

We have a great relationship and it’s interesting how it’s coming across the more scenes we do together,” Brookes reveals.

And what about the rest of the Connor clan? With Carla’s character (Ali King) taking a hiatus next year, could Kate be the next queen of Underworld?

“I don’t know what her path is yet; she’s a bit of a lost soul, but maybe she’ll find her niche on the street. She lost her mum when she was younger and Carla is her idol; she’s just a mini her.”

Tying the knot
Embedding herself at the factory, Kate is quick to rile up Beth (Lisa George), when it appears she’s getting close to Kirk (Andrew Whyment). However, the newcomer eventually reveals that she is engaged to marry her soldier girlfriend Caz (The Bill’s Rhea Bailey), who will be joining the cast in the weeks ahead.

“Caz has been away in the army for the last couple of months. It’s very intense and while she loves her, like all long-distance relationships, it’s hard work. I think the audience will fall in love with Caz and Kate; they’re a really nice couple.”

Acting responsibly
On the subject of taking on a gay character, Brookes admits she feels "a certain responsibility to do the role justice".

“I’m not playing it tough because I’m a lesbian. It’s not like I’m coming out, so it’s not a subject that needs to be talked about - it’s just a part of who Kate is and I own it. I hope to be flying that flag at Gay Pride next year!”

She laughs at her on-set competition with Sophie (Brooke Vincent), to be “the only gay in the village”. And while she doesn’t deny a potential love interest with her long-serving co-star, she stresses that the writers don’t want to pair the two together simply because of their sexuality.

Bright future
Despite being experienced in the theatre world and recognised for her work in BBC series Atlantis and Our Zoo, the pretty actress admits she was a “nervous wreck” during her screen test at The Rovers, saying: “Coronation Street has such a great reputation and that’s a lot of pressure on your shoulders.

“When they yell ‘Cut!’ my heart is racing. It’s a different adrenaline to when you’re on stage.”

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Stardom, Corrie & Her Man

Faye is a girl in demand right now.

If you've been lucky enough to see her in theatre, you'll know she's always been destined for greatness but despite her undoubted talent she has in the main managed to stay under the radar.

Until now that is.

It seems after just one episode of Corrie she's a household name with photoshoots, interviews, TV appearances and countless tweets from new fans.

In the lovely interview below Faye discusses her new found stardom and how she and Gareth make sure they have quality time together despite their hectic schedules.

Faye Brookes says boyfriend Gareth Gates is happy to share the limelight

Whenever Faye Brookes walks down the red carpet it’s always her boyfriend Gareth Gates who gets the attention. 

But all that is about to change, because this week Faye made her debut as the newest member of the Connor clan in Coronation Street.

And Faye says her Pop Idol boyfriend can’t wait for her to have her own moment in the limelight.

She reveals: “Gareth is so proud of me. He knows how hard I have worked to get here. He is so supportive and wants me to be the best version of who I am. He would love to be on my arm walking me down the red carpet with me in the limelight. He wants that for me - he really does.

“But it is hard in this industry. Once you are up there - and he has watched it happen and people have done it to him- it is a whirlwind and you just go with it.

“Go with the punches, ride the highs and lows. That is what we have got to do.”

The couple met in 2012 when musical theatre star Faye played leading lady Elle Woods in Legally Blonde the Musical and Gareth played her boyfriend, Warner.

Following their stint on the show, Gareth split from his wife of 10 years Suzanne Mole, mother of his daughter Missy. Ten months later Faye, 28, and Gareth, 31, made their first public appearance together.

Faye says now: “Life is for living and we are all about being spontaneous and going with it. It is so nice he wants me to enjoy this and to establish myself.

“From the moment I met him he was writing songs for me... it’s beautiful.

Our relationship is like no other, but I do need to keep us well protected. “Because sometimes when people know how good something is, all they want to do is pull it apart and that can be hard to take.

“I know that is not what someone’s intention is, and when you see something good it has got to come with some bad things along the way. I am in it with him for the journey, and he is in it with me. And I think it is really nice that he wants me to blossom.”

Although Faye’s Monday night debut as Kate Connnor may have been her introduction to Corrie viewers, she is already a big name to fans of musical theatre.

As well as taking over the lead in Legally Blonde from Sheridan Smith, she also starred as Princess Fiona in Shrek. But the multi-talented actress says dancing and singing did not come naturally to her and she’s had to work hard to succeed. Now being in Corrie is a new peak.

“Life changed for me completely when I got this role,” she says. “I am from Manchester, so this was a really big deal for my family. They think I have made it now I’ve got Corrie.

“Forget the theatre, forget all the hard work I did training for that.... I always wanted to go into TV. The fact that I have been given this opportunity to go into this massive soap which has got such an amazing ­reputation is unbelievable.

“I have grown up with Corrie. We still watch it now while we’re having tea. And having Ali King and Kym Marsh with me is amazing. It is like having two older sisters. From the first day they just took me under their wing. They just call me ‘little one’. We get on like a house on fire. Everyone is so genuinely lovely and happy to be here.”

And Faye thinks her character Kate, lesbian sister of Aidan (Shayne Ward), will shake things up on the cobbles. 

“She is so much fun- she is literally coming into Weatherfield as this hothead,” she says.

“She is a Connor, so she has got this full competitive streak in her. She is so unpredictable, she is a little bit cheeky, she is mischievous, so Coronation Street is definitely in for a bit of fun.

“She goes in there all guns blazing.

I am not like that at all. She is a challenge and I love that about her - but I am not up for a scrap. I go home worrying about what people think of me. I am a bit of a worrier and she is not.”

In a few weeks’ time viewers will also be introduced to Faye’s girlfriend Caz, played by Rhea Bailey.
“It is quite an intense relationship,” Faye explains. “Caz is in the Army so she is away a lot, so when they are together Kate literally can’t let her go.

“I think it is a relationship that nobody has really seen before in Corrie, this Army relationship. It’s a whirlwind. Caz is in charge and putting pressure on Kate, but Kate just goes with it because she adores her.”

Back in real life, Faye and Gareth have been together for three years now.

They share a London flat, though with Faye filming in Manchester and Gareth touring in Mad About the Musicals, they are often apart.

It’s clear they are besotted with each other, and absence seems to make their hearts grow fonder.

“We are used to living out of a suitcase and making time to see each other,” says Faye. “He is very sweet at surprising me and keeping that romance alive. I have lost count of the romantic things he has done.

Recently I came home after not seeing him for a week and my boots had been broken. There was a big box on the table and he had written a message on the front to me. It said, ‘I am here to fix anything, let’s start with your shoes’, and my mended boots were inside.

Gareth is pulling out all the stops to make sure Faye enjoys her new stardom. On Monday - her first day on screen - he picked her up from shooting with a car full of balloons, a message saying “Happy TX Date” and a romantic picnic.

“I think he’s a keeper”, jokes Faye. “He’s really making the effort to celebrate my success. It’s taken me so long to get here!”

Faye has no theatrical background at all. Her dad Carl Barber works on the oil rigs and mum Inger is a holistic therapist. Her three siblings work in retail and education.

But she always knew she wanted to perform.

“My mum and dad would come home and I would be forcing my little brother to do shows, dressing him up,” she recalls with a laugh. “They loved that I was so expressive, outgoing and confident. I was tone-deaf but they encouraged me to go off and do what I wanted to do. They were like, ‘Maybe you need to go and get some lessons’ in the nicest possible way.”

Faye explains: “I wasn’t naturally gifted. With tap, for example, I was always the last one in the bottom of the set and I had to work my way up.

But I would be the last one in the room until dawn.

“That was me - I had to put my heart and soul into it. It wasn’t easy.”

She put herself through drama school, working on a make-up counter, as a barmaid and teaching dance and drama to support herself.

Now her big TV dream has come true, and though she knows nothing can fully prepare her for the attention that comes with Coronation Street, Gareth is a fund of good advice. He has been in the spotlight for 13 years since he was runner-up on 2002’s Pop Idol at the age of 16.

“He just wants me to find myself in this whole new life, but at the same time it has got to be normal,” says Faye.

“I have asked him how he deals with it because he is so good. Everywhere we go, whether it be in this country or abroad - we have been in Venice and he has been asked for an autograph - he says yes to everybody with a smile and there is not one complaint.

“Because at the end of the day there is no room for ego. You just have to appreciate that fans are helping your reputation and helping you succeed in the world.

“So if you are nice to them and you smile and you are humble that is it - it paves the way for the future. That is the best advice he has given me.”

Faye adds: “At the same time you can’t worry what people think of you all the time - you wouldn’t live your life. You have just got to go with it and enjoy it.”

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Beth Attacks Kate!

There's a bust up at Underworld next week as Beth launches a blistering attack on Faye's character Kate Connor.

The fiery machinest believes Kate fancies her hubby Kirk after the pair start working together in the packing department of the factory.

Beth calls her a hussy and tells her to keep her hands off her man but Kate continues to wind her up.

Beth eventually snaps and flies at Kate before Carla steps in to seperate them and berates Kate for causing trouble.

Later Kate buys Beth and Kirk a drink and tells them she was only having a laugh. She explains that she's actually gay and soon to marry her girlfriend Caz.

Monday, 5 October 2015

We're Proud of you Faye!

Earlier this evening Faye made her first appearance on Coronation Street when her character Kate Connor arrived in Weatherfield with Dad Johnny.

She was every bit as sensational as we knew she would be and we couldn't be prouder of our girl. Well done Faye, we can't wait to see what's in store for Kate.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Radio Times Interview

It's now less than 24 hours until Faye's first appearance on the cobbles.

In this interview with David Brown from the Radio Times she tells us a bit about what we can expect when Kate Connor arrives in Weatherfield and that getting this fantastic part in the UK's favourite show was a dream come true.  

Aidan Connor's sister Kate arrives in town next week and will quickly establish herself as a force to be reckoned with. 

Kate - who will feature alongside her father Johnny - is to embed herself at the factory, quickly riling Beth in the process when it appears that she's getting close to Kirk.

But the Weatherfield newcomer is actually engaged to a soldier Caz (Rhea Bailey), who will be following on behind her fiancee in the weeks ahead...

Here, we catch up with actress Faye Brookes about how she's finding life as part of the newly expanded Connor clan.

So, tell us what your character Kate is like…
She’s a little cheeky, mischievous and very fun. She likes to be the life and soul of the party. She’s opinionated and a bit of a hot head, but she’s a Connor so she’s competitive like them! There’s a bit of rivalry between her and Aidan. I think she’s a lost soul and she’s just trying to find herself.

Is she ambitious?
She is, what with the father that she has and Aidan set to accomplish a lot with the factory. But she just doesn’t know what she wants to do and that’s what frustrates her.

So what brings her to Weatherfield?
She has been living in Spain for two years and has found out that her brother has taken her inheritance and put the money into the factory. This brings her and her dad back from Spain to Weatherfield to ask for the money back. First and foremost that’s the only reason that she’s back, but Weatherfield’s probably the best thing to happen her in a while. She needs her feet on the ground. In Spain, she’s been a holiday rep, a waitress, a dance teacher - she’s done it all! She’s 26 and she’s tried everything.

What’s her relationship with her brother Aidan like?
She’s close with him. It’s playful but competitive and slightly argumentative. There’s teasing and they’re quite similar; two hot heads clashing.

Is Kate a Daddy’s girl? 
All the way! She actually abuses that slightly in front of Aidan but, at the same time, she adores her Dad and she looks up to him. She idolises him and will listen to any advice that he has to give.

Has she met Carla many times before arriving in Weatherfield? 
She knows Carla through the family. She looks up to Carla because she’s achieved so much and she’s older than Kate. She doesn’t have a mum, so I think she automatically idolises any strong female that comes into her life.

And is she close to her cousin Michelle? 
Michelle babysat her growing up. She has been her sister, best friend and mum. She’s a bit of a mother hen to her!

Can you tell us about her upcoming wedding? 
She hasn’t known Caz for very long. They’ve probably known each other for the sum total of seven months. Caz works in the British army so she’s away a lot, which means that she’s probably only been with her for three weeks. It’s happened very fast - too fast for Kate.

We don’t know what’s going to happen with that because you can see that Kate’s a little bit overwhelmed by it all. She doesn’t know what her purpose is and she’s clinging onto something - maybe the wedding’s the only answer for her right now. I just don’t think that it’s something she truly wants deep down.

What does Kate think about the prospect of working in the factory? 
She’s only on board because her dad’s forcing her to and she is even more annoyed because her brother has to be her boss - that just rattles her even more. She’s asked to do certain jobs that she doesn’t want to do and she’s completely out of her comfort zone. She doesn’t know how to sew, so obviously she’s not going to be on the machines, but she’ll get to toy with the machinists and tease them a little bit, particularly Beth.

All she wants to do is make friends, but she’s just going about it the wrong way and she ends up being put in packing with Kirk. Even though she finds it the biggest insult to be shoved in the factory with a load of boxes, having to count knickers, she finds Kirk very endearing and he becomes her first real friend in Weatherfield, which is quite sweet.

So, I take it that people don’t get her sense of humour straight away? 
No, she’s dry and sarcastic. She’s been away in a different country, so that sometimes makes her a bit of an outsider, which in turn makes her more of a stranger to everything; not just the people but the community, what’s going on in society and even social media.

How do you feel about getting this part?
It sounds such a cliché, but it’s an absolute dream come true. I have been wanting a job like this for a very long time and I’ve obviously had to work for it and I completely believe in being in the right place at the right time.

Kate is not only a challenge for me but she’s also the absolute dream role. Who wouldn’t be happy to be living on the cobbles and working in the factory while being surrounded by such a strong family? There all have great personalities and they get to bounce off each other. The writers have Kate as the wit of the Connors so I get to have a lot of fun. I was with my brother and my boyfriend in my flat when I found out and I think I screamed and cried at the exact same time, which just didn’t make sense!

What did you do to celebrate? 
My boyfriend took my brother and me out for dinner. It’s recently been my birthday so we all celebrated with my family up north and tied it together.

What was your first day on set like? 
It was scary and slightly overwhelming because there were a lot of scripts and it happened very fast. It was an out of body experience where you get there and you get given your costume and you’re put in make up and then have to find your character all at the same time.

Then when you get to set, you try not to be fazed by the cameras or the actual characters that you’re surrounded by that you’ve grown up with. You know these people from TV and then you’re stood next to them and it’s just got to be normal. It was strange but I loved it all at the same time. I came home and I was so tired, but at the end of the day I thought, ‘I love my job!’

Are you prepared for the level of recognition that comes with being on a show like Corrie?
I’m not too sure how anyone can prepare for that because it’s from the audience perspective as well. How are they going to take Kate Connor and what do they think of this family? We are new to Weatherfield and I think that already adds pressure to each of us. People love the Connors, but you have to hate them at the same time because they are who they are, so take them with a pinch of salt!

We are definitely a force to be reckoned with. I am just so excited about what’s to come and I hope the audience see that. That’s all I can say about how to prepare yourself. Being recognised on the street is a completely different thing in itself but I am absolutely going to go with it and enjoy it. You don’t know how long that moment is going to last so I just want to enjoy each moment as it comes.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Monday 5th October!

Faye has today confirmed that her first appearance in Coronation Street as Kate Connor will be on Monday 5th October.

That works out absolutely perfectly for me as it's the day I return from a week away in the Lake District.

Damn, Faye is really rocking those Dune boots! 

Below is a very brief interview where Faye and her Corrie dad Richard Hawley discuss her same-sex storyline.

The upcoming storyline will see Brookes's character Kate Connor engaged to soldier Caz.

Brookes, who will join Shane Ward as Aidan Connor and Richard Hawley as dad Johnny Connor, said that she didn't want to pigeonhole her character.

"It's a challenge. I didn't want to pigeonhole her into playing a stereotype," the actress said of playing out a lesbian relationship.

Brookes's co-star Richard Hawley added: "You're not on this big coming out story because it's already happened."

The same-sex romance storyline will kick off when Caz is formally introduced into Corrie in November.

Watch out Weatherfield, the Connor's are coming!

I've travelled over 4000 miles watching Faye sparkle in various different shows over the past 4 years and now I'll be able to see her without leaving my living room :)

I've watched Corrie on and off for years and just when you think it can't get any better, they add my favourite actress to the cast.

I can't wait for everyone to see what a very special actress Faye Brookes is.

Friday, 25 September 2015

A Force To Be Reckoned With

Here are a few more pictures from the Connor clans visit to @UTVIreland yesterday.

Kate (Faye Brookes), Aidan (Shayne Ward) and their dad Johnny (Richard Hawley) sound like they'll be a force to be reckoned with in Weatherfield.

The below interview with Shayne Ward from the @UTVIrleand website seems to suggest Faye will make her first appearance on the cobbles next week.

While visiting Dublin on Thursday, along with Corrie newbies Richard Hawley and Faye Brookes, who will play Johnny and Kate Connor, Ward revealed what drama is coming up for his character Aidan and the rest of the Connor clan.

He said: “Next week my dad and sister come into Corrie and if people are familiar with Aidan Connor, he is a little bit irate with Carla at the minute over the money in the factory and there’s a reason why I’m irate. When my dad and sister come into it there’s going to be a lot of fireworks.

“We are a force to be reckoned with, it’s been a while since there has been a big Connor unit, but now I’ve come into it, then my dad and sister, so it’s a pretty fun time for the Connors.”

Not great timing for me as I'm going to the Lake District for 7 days on Monday but I'll certainly be setting my Sky+ to record every episiode of Corrie just in case and will be doing my best to be back at my hotel by 7:30pm whenever possible.

Hopefully Faye might confirm the exact date Kate Connor will hit our screens so we can all make sure we're glued to our sets for that very special episode.

Hold on to your hats guys, the wait is almost over!

Thursday, 24 September 2015

The Connor Clan Visit @UTVIreland

Here are some of the very first pictures of Faye with her Corrie family, Shayne Ward (Aidan Connor) and Richard Hawley (Johnny Connor).

Faye and the Connor clan today flew to Ireland to promote the show and talk about their arrival in Weatherfield with @UTVIreland.

The pub in the pictures is actually @Thebathpub in Dublin which has been transformed to look like everyone's favourite boozer, The Rovers Return.

Hopefully not too long now before we see these guys on the cobbles.

Looks like Kate is having a lot of fun winding up her brother Aidan, while dad Johnny is doing his best to keep the peace.

Below is another lovely picture I found on-line from the TV Choice Awards Faye attended a couple of weeks ago.

Two very beautiful and talented ladies.

Michelle Keegan won the sexiest female at the British Soap Awards six years running but I'm sure you'll agree, Faye would have definitely given her a run for her money.

They both look absolutely stunning but I certainly know who would get my vote :)