Coronation Street bosses recast Bethany Platt
- Bang Showbiz
- 29 January 2015
'Coronation Street' bosses have recast the role of Bethany Platt, hiring 19-year-old Lucy Fallon to play the 14-year-old after sacking actress Katie Redford, 25, for pretending to be six years younger than she is
'Coronation Street' bosses have recast the role of Bethany Platt.
Producers of the ITV soap axed 25-year-old actress Katie Redford last week after it emerged she'd lied about her age, pretending to be 19-years-old so she could play the 14-year-old daughter of returning character Sarah Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien).
Lucy Fallon from Blackpool, who is actually 19-years-old, will start filming scenes this week, just days after landing her first ever TV role on the Manchester based drama.
She said: "Walking onto the set was surreal and nerve wracking but everyone has been really welcoming and I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity."
Bethany is set to return to the Weatherfield cobbles later this year after moving to Italy with mum Sarah when she was last seen on screen in 2007.
Lucy is set to make her first appearance as Bethany in late March when she returns to the street after fleeing Milan following a row with her mum.
Tina will then make her return as former teenage tearaway Sarah and will be determined to drag her daughter back to Italy before being persuaded to stay in Weatherfield.
'Corrie' fans revealed the truth about Katie's age after discovering an old CV for the actress online, on which her date of birth is listed as March 2, 1989.
However, her agent jumped to her defence claiming they'd advised her to lie if questioned as her CV states her playing age is 16-20.
They shared: "We said, 'If they ask, let them believe you are 19' ... People do it all the time."