Carla Connor will attempt suicide after rape

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 July 2011
Alison King

Alison King who plays Carla Connor

Coronation Street's Carla Connor will take an overdose of pills and red wine after being raped by fiance Frank Foster

Coronation Street's Carla Connor will try to commit suicide after being raped by fiance Frank Foster.

The factory owner - played by Alison King - will down a mixture of pills and red wine to cope with the twin traumas of being sexually assaulted by her business associate and lover when she calls off their forthcoming wedding and being rejected by recovering alcoholic Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne).

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Carla is at rock bottom. She prides herself on being invincible and feels utterly broken by Frank's actions. Peter is the only friend she has left and she's never felt rejection like it. She wants to end it all."

After Peter rejects Carla's advances and returns to his wife Leanne (Jane Danson), Carla calls him to tell him of her plans but asks him not to blame himself.

She says: "I hope you have a happy life and please don't blame yourself. It's all Frank's fault."

While 'Coronation Street' has been criticised recently for its dark storylines which have focused heavily on criminal acts, show bosses are determined to portray the aftermath of the rape and overdose as sensitively as possible when the scenes air in September.

A source said: "Both the scriptwriters and the actors involved are working closely with the relevant charities and support groups to make sure this is handled as sensitively and as realistically as possible."

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