Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Corrie News and Lorraine Interview

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.

Check out the video interview below where Faye chats with Lorraine about her Corrie debut.

Faye Brookes Lorraine Interview (2015.10.06) by fayebrookesblog

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 :)

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Faye at the TV Choice Awards

Last night Faye attended the TV Choice awards at London's Hilton Hotel.

As you can see from these pictures she looked absolutely stunning and would certainly get my vote for the best dressed female.

Alison King, who plays Carla Connor in Corrie, picked up the award for best actress in a soap. Well deserved in my opinion.

Maybe this time next year they'll be an award for another very talented member of the Coronation Street Connor family.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Corrie Cast Faye's on Screen Fiancée

Looks like we may have been a little premature in predicting a possible relationship between Faye's character Kate Connor and the only other lesbian currently walking the cobbles, Sophie Webster.

You may remember we speculated that they might end up together as there had been little mentioned about Kate's fiancée, other than the fact that she was a soldier.

However, Corrie have now announced that Rhea Bailey will play Caz. She will hit our screens in November when she arrives in Weatherfield for Kate's Birthday, hoping to set a date for their wedding.

Here is a link to the story on Digital Spy:

Coronation Street cast Rhea Bailey as Kate Connor's fiancée Caz

Of course relationships seldom run smoothly in soapland and weddings never seem to go to plan, so you certainly can't rule anything out.

Will they live happily ever after? What do you think?

Friday, 4 September 2015

Birthday Dinner With Her Man

I couldn't resist posting these beautiful pictures of Faye and Gareth enjoying a celebratory Birthday meal at the Hawksmoor restaurant in Manchester last night.

Judging by her Tweets I think it's fair to say she had a wonderful Birthday, full of love, treats and fabulous surprises, beffiting of someone so special.

Talking of Twitter, have you followed the new officially endorsed Faye Brookes Fan Blog Twitter Page yet?

Check it out: @FayeBrookesBlog

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Happy Birthday Faye!

The stunning picture above is one of Faye's new headshots. It seems she not only gets more talented every year but more beautiful too! Amazing!

The 3rd September is a very special day because 28 years ago today a star was born.


This time last year Faye was in my home City of Bristol wowing audiences as Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical's UK tour, 12 month's on and she's about to appear in one of the most popular TV shows of all time, Coronation Street.

With an average audience of nearly 7 million, I'm delighted that everyone will now be able to see what a truly remarkable actress this young lady is and just why I've been raving about her for the past 4 years.

Due to work commitments and the complexities of getting everyone together, Faye had her Birthday celebrations with Gareth, family and friends last week.

This gorgeous picture of my favourite couple was taken at her party.

I'm sure you're all anxiously awaiting Kate Connor's first appearance on the cobbles and thankfully we don't have too long to wait. She'll be arriving in Weatherfield later this month and as soon as I find out the exact date I'll let you know.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Omigod You Guys, It's Corrie!

Yes, it's official.

Faye is joining the cast of one of the most popular TV shows of all time and Britain's longest running soap opera 'Coronation Street'.

That's right, in just a few weeks time Faye will be getting her hair done at Audrey's Salon, dining out at Nick's Bistro, collecting her paper from The Cabin, buying her groceries from Dev's Corner Shop and having a drink in The Rovers Return.

It seems a little surreal to think someone I've met more than 30 times is going to be in Corrie but I'm not surprised. I knew from the moment I first saw her in Legally Blonde that Faye was destined for big things.

Faye will be playing the role of Kate Connor but it's her brother Aidan, played by Shayne Ward, who is the first Connor to ride into Weatherfield next month - coming to the aid of old friend Carla Connor, played by Alison King, after he is contacted by his cousin Michelle, actress Kym Marsh.

In September he is joined by Johnny and Kate who arrive on the Street after discovering Aidan has invested in Underworld. (That's the knicker factory next to Kevin's garage not the movie franchise about vampires.)

Johnny Connor is a self made man forced to come out of semi-retirement. The ongoing joke is that 'everybody knows Johnny Connor' and it's not far from the truth.

He's got a big personality and revels in his well earned reputation as a man who means business. He adores his kids and though he and Aidan constantly row, their love is obvious.

Funny, charming, ruthless in business, Johnny is the sort of guy you'd be proud to call a friend.

Kate Connor is a tough cookie and more than a match for her father and brother. 

Engaged to be married to Tess, a soldier, Kate is a funny and vibrant young woman full of fun and mischief. But behind the teasing and laughter, Kate is passionate about her family, there is nothing she wouldn't do for them.

Assuming Tess is a female it sounds like Kate is either bisexual or a lesbian.

We haven't heard much about her fiancee Tess, I therefore wonder whether it's a long term part and already have my doubts that their relationship will last. Maybe Kate will end up with Sophie Webster played by Brooke Vincent?

Before you ask, I have no inside knowledge, that's purely guesswork.

Of course almost anything can happen in soap land but one thing we can be sure of is that there are certain to be some excitng storylines for the new arrivals.

I can't wait for Kate Connor to hit our screens at the end of September. She sounds like a fabulous character to play and they couldn't have chosen a better actress for the job.

I'd wish Faye good luck but she won't need it, I know she'll be sensational, she always is!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

She Did It Her Way!

I've had the most amazing year watching sparkle as Princess Fiona in all over the UK. So many treasured memories.

Her sensational acting, beautiful voice and incredible stage presence are second to none. I'll miss 's special Princess.

I'm hoping to hear some news about her next venture soon but for now I'm going to leave you with Sinatra.

And now, the end is here
And she's faced the final curtain
My friend, I'll say it clear
I'll state her case, of which I'm certain
She's lived a life that's full
She's traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this, she did it her way!

She did it her way and her portrayal of Fiona was SO stunning, SO perfect, that it's now impossible to imagine anyone else in the role.

There will never be a better Princess Fiona than Faye Brookes!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Can You Find The Gingerbread Man?

The search for Gingy continues in Norwich.

Can you help Princess Fiona, Donkey and Lord Farquaard find the Gingerbread Man?

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Final Countdown

Well, this is it. Today Faye starts her final week on tour with Shrek the Musical.

That means there are just eight performances to go before the best Princess Fiona you will ever see leaves the show for good.

By now you'll know how special I think she is but don't just take my word for it.

Below is a snippet from a recent review on the 'What's on Stage' website. It was written by Roger who saw the show at the Theatre Royal in Norwich.

What's On Stage
I'm still chuckling at the hilarious Lord Farquaard - played brilliantly by Gerard Carey - but it was Faye Brookes as Princess Fiona who stole the show. Her powerhouse vocals, superb comedic acting and immense stage presence make her one of the finest young actresses in the industry today.

It's hard to believe that this time next week it will all be over.

However, that is one week closer to the next exciting chapter in this remarkable actress's career and I can't wait to see what comes next.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Faye's Shrek Questions - Part 5

Before Faye bids a fond farewell to the Shrek Tour fairytale gang at the end of the month I thought I should feature the fifth and final part of the Shrek questions she recently answered for the blog..

Here Faye tells us about a technical hitch that left her stranded in mid-air, how she transforms into Princess Fiona and why people of all ages love the show.

Shrek Question #13
Can you describe the transformation from Faye Brookes to Princess Fiona? How long does it take? Do you have any help?

Faye's Answer
It only really takes about 20 minutes to become Princess Fiona.

Obviously I get a little help from our amazing wig department. They prep my hair and dress me in the infamous red wig, and no Princess would be complete without her crown. 

I do my own make up for the show which is very dramatic, dark eyes, heavy eyeliner, lots of gold glitter and of course her signature classic red lipstick.

Faye is not just a supremely talented actress but a very beautiful one too. I guess that's fairly important when you're playing a fairytale Princess and probably helps keeps the transformation time down to a minimum.

Shrek Question #14
I think I read that the curtain came down early once while you were in Oxford. Do you remember what happened and have there been any other technical issues?

Faye's Answer
We have a whole new team of people learning the show wherever we go with Shrek, new crew, new dressers, new children, so there's bound to be a few technical hitches every now and again. 

The worst one for me had to be right at the end of the show, after I had gone through the transformation and I was mid-air, mid-spell and the seat stopped moving; I was stuck! 

Dean: "Fiona are you alright?" 
I reply... "... NO!" 

We then had an abrupt 'Show Stop' Dean had to lift me down off the chair, the crew quickly reset the stage and we then went onto finish the show!

I've been to see the show 14 times and the only real technical hitch I can remember was when Princess Fiona's flowers failed to come up during Morning Person.

I'd have quite liked to be at the show when Faye got stuck in mid-air. I had to laugh at her response when Dean asked her if she was alright, NO :)

Shrek Question #15
You and the show have received dazzling reviews at every venue. What do you think makes Shrek the Musical so special and has it surprised you that it’s loved by people of all ages?

Faye's Answer
It's the perfect fairy tale, where everyone gets their happy ending. 

Not only do you get to be entertained by creatures larger than life but it has the most wonderful message full of heart. A true love story with a twist. 

We're so lucky to have the music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and I am so grateful to be surrounded by such a talented group of people. They make me so proud to be apart of this company.

Shrek was one of those shows that I came close to seeing in London on a number of occasions but for one reason or another it never actually happened.

I'm therefore very grateful they cast Faye as the slightly bi-polar Princess because I loved every minute of my time in the swamp.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Stage Door Pic With Carla-Louise

You're running out of time if you want to see the best Princess Fiona ever in Norwich.

Faye now only has 14 performances left before she waves goodbye to the swamp for good on 28th June.

Carla-Louise had a wonderful time watching the show last night and even managed to get a stage door picture with Faye.

Don't miss your chance to see this very special leading lady! 'BOOK TICKETS FOR SHREK IN NORWICH'