'Young offender' Brooke Vincent

Coronation Street's Brooke Vincent has claimed she would be in a ''young offenders' institute'' if it wasn't for her role in the ITV1 soap

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Brooke Vincent

Brooke Vincent

Brooke Vincent would be in a "young offenders' institute " if it wasn't for her role in 'Coronation Street'.

The 19-year-old actress - who plays teen lesbian Sophie Webster in the ITV1 soap - first appeared in the show aged 11, and credits it with turning her life around.

She said: "To be honest if I wasn't in 'Coronation Street' I'd probably be in a young offenders institute."

Brooke - who has been involved in a number of hard-hitting storylines with on-screen girlfriend Sacha Parkinson (Sian Powers) - is thrilled to be given such a controversial role in the soap, as it has made people realise she is no longer a child.

She added to Now magazine: "I still feel like one of the new girls, so it's great to get a storyline that means I've stopped being seen as just a kid."

However, Brooke's mischievous alter-ego is soon set to land herself in trouble with her dad Kevin (Michael Le Vell), who terrifies the actress in real life.

She explained: "Sophie borrows £20,000 from her dad Kevin for the charity she's working for, then lose the lot when she's conned. Kevin goes mental.

"It's funny because the script says, 'Sophie cries', but when Michael shots, I cry anyway. It's like your dad is really shouting at you, so I bawl."

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