Jane Danson loves Leanne Battersby's fighting spirt in Coronation Street

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 April 2021
Jane Danson

Jane Danson

Jane Danson admits that she loves her character Leanne Battersby's fighting spirit in 'Coronation Street', even if it causes her trouble

Jane Danson admires Leanne Battersby's fighting spirit in 'Coronation Street' – even though it often creates trouble for her character.

The 42-year old star's alter ego has found herself in danger after drugs kingpin Harvey discovered she's been working with the police in a bid to bring him down, but she insists that her character will keep fighting for herself and son Simon.

Jane told Digital Spy: "Sometimes she's not incredibly likeable and people get frustrated, but I quite like that because it's staying true to character.

"They're not just working around a story, they keep the essence of what Leanne would do. Her go-to is defence and she shouts a lot. It's bravado, a lot of it, because inside she's quite vulnerable. They are staying true to her character. She's always had that fight even when she's hardly got anything left, there'll always be a little bit in the tank."

Jane thinks of Leanne as being a "fighter".

However, she admits she's sometimes too feisty for her own good.

She continued: "I had this great line the other day where she says (to Harvey): 'You might do this and you might do that, but I will fight you back! I can fight and I will.'

"I'm like: 'Leanne just shut up! Just do as you're told.' She's always got that fight, and I love that.

"Even throughout all the Oliver stuff, and the court case and switching off the machine, she fought and she fought and she fought. That's something that, as a character trait, I feel really strongly about. because that's who she is – she is a fighter."

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