Helen Flanagan, who has played the role of Rosie Webster since 2000 when she was 10 years old, has filmed her final scenes as the character, which we’ll see on-screen next month.
As fans of Corrie will know, Helen made the decision to leave the show last year, after having suffered a string of panic attacks. However, she said that her main reason for leaving was so she could move in with her footballer boyfriend, Scott Sinclair (pictured above). He lives in Swansea, as he plays for the city’s football team.
During an interview with the Daily Star, Helen revealed that Rosie’s exit storyline is that she’s landed a modeling job in London, but of course, it means leaving her boyfriend Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas) behind in Weatherfield.
Of her leaving the show, and what lies ahead, Helen said, “I finally moved in with Scott on Thursday after nearly two years commuting, so I’m really looking forward to what the future holds.
“Getting engaged would be the natural next step but at the moment we’re going to enjoy living together.
“I’m taking some time out before I decide what to do next and I can’t wait to have a go at cooking up some nice dinners for Scott. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to do his washing – he can do that himself.
“It hasn’t quite hit me that I’ve actually left Corrie – it feels a little like I’m on a break – but I’m sure it will when I watch my final scenes go out. I’m planning to do that at home with Scott.
“My last day on set I didn’t cry but it was really, really emotional. Somehow I managed to hold it together.
“It was a very special day for me and one I will never forget. They presented me with a beautiful necklace, which is just stunning. It’s something that I’ll cherish forever.”
And of Rosie moving to London, Helen said, “Rosie represents a generation of young girls who just want to be famous, so it’s a dream come true for her.
“It’s always something she’s wanted to do and even though she loves Jason it’s a no-brainer for her.
“I thought it was the perfect exit for Rosie. Her family are thrilled, as they know it’s what she’s always wanted.
“The only person who realises what a huge decision she’s making is her sister Sophie [Brooke Vincent]. So watch out for some emotional scenes between those two.
“And then there’s Jason. She’s going to have to tell him it’s over as she needs to be single to take part in the show.
She does truly love him but she can’t turn down the opportunity of becoming famous.
“They definitely got her exit right and, as everyone will see, it’s all been written so perfectly for her.”
Helen added: “Everyone knows me for playing Rosie so it’s going to take a little while for me to leave her behind.
“I am an actress and I love acting but I’m not going to jump into something straightaway, as that wouldn’t be right. I’m going to take some time out to just be me.
“I haven’t had a proper night out with Scott since October as we have both been so busy. Obviously he has to train and keep his eye on his next big match.
“He’s a lot more chilled than I am and would rather stay in having cosy nights.
“I know I made the right decision leaving as it means I can now grow as a person. And with the Websters being such a big part of the Street there’s always the opportunity Rosie could return to cause more trouble.
“I’d never say never to going back but at the moment I want to concentrate on what other opportunities are out there for me as an actress.”
We’ll see Rosie heading off to London early next month.
Meanwhile, on the Street, Stella Price (Michelle Collins) is about to give Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) a piece of her mind as she doesn’t approve of him dating her daughter Eva (Catherine Tyldesley) given that he had an affair with her other daughter, Leanne Barlow (Jane Danson).
But, when she decides to speak frankly to Nick, his mum and gran overhear every word, and aren’t best pleased!
A Coronation Street insider said, “Stella doesn’t hold back when it comes to giving Nick what for.
“Nick knew she’d be tough but even he doesn’t expect the tongue-lashing he gets, especially as it’s in front of Gail and Audrey.
“They find it all quite amusing at first but neither will let Stella overstep the mark when it comes to their beloved son and grandson.
“It’s going to be a very interesting time for both families as Nick and Eva’s relationship is finally out in the open.”
You can see the big showdown a week on Thursday.
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