CORONATION Street's Lucy Fallon says she will return to soap if bosses will have her after COVID-19 stalls her new career.
The 24-year-old quit the Corrie cobbles in search of new challenges, but admits her plans have been floored by the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down the TV industry.
In her first interview since leaving Weatherfield two months ago, Lucy told The Sun she hopes there will be an opportunity to rejoin the ITV soap in the future.
She said: “It was really difficult to make the decision to leave, but I’d been there for five years and it was all I’d ever known.
“I’d never done theatre or anything away from Corrie and after the grooming storyline where I won quite a few awards, which was amazing, I realised if I didn’t leave and try other things I might end up wondering, ‘What if?’.
“But obviously Covid-19 has thrown it all up in the air now.
“As I left, work was starting to pick up and take off and now everything has stopped.
“But I do know there are loads of people in much worse situations than me and I’ve been very lucky.
“I’m trying to stay positive about it, but it’s obviously a bit sad having nothing to do.”
Her character was last seen in March leaving Weatherfield for a new life in London.
But despite her meteoric rise, Lucy admits she has turned to her veteran co-stars, including on screen mum Sarah Platt, played by Tina O’Brien, and great-gran Audrey Roberts, played by Sue Nicholls, for advice on where to go next.
She adds: “I’m not under any illusion that I’m going to be working for ever and all these parts are going to come to me, but I spoke to a few people and they gave me the confidence to try.
"I’m very conscious of the fact that I don’t want it to sound like I see going back to Corrie as a back-up — that’s absolutely not how it is.
“I absolutely love that show and I would do it a thousand times over and I obviously would 100 per cent go back there in future if they will have me.
“It’s just about me spreading my wings in a way. And trying to live with no regrets.
“Corrie is the only part I’ve ever auditioned for and I was very lucky to get it, but I know that’s not always going to happen.
"At the moment auditions are all being done remotely so I’ve done a few self-tapes, including one today, and I’ve read for a new comedy which is still in the pipeline, so I’m hoping something will work out.”
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