Thursday, 20 August 2015

The magnificence of Erica Holroyd

Claire King as Erica Holroyd is an absolute joy.  She turned up in Coronation Street at the end of last year to see her old mate Liz in the Rovers Return and she's been on the show ever since.

She disappeared for a while to look after her mum, got pregnant at 50 with Nick's child, ran the wrath of Gail but then sadly lost her baby. Erica's settled down now into nights with Nick, days of drinking in the Bistro, and doing little else in between. And that's exactly why I love her.


There's no point to Erica, she doesn't do anything. She doesn't work, she doesn't have a job, she doesn't even spend much time with Liz, her only friend. She isn't involved in any major stories, she doesn't have an agenda, she just sits at the bar and drinks. Well, I like a woman who plays to her strengths.

There's a lot we don't know about Erica - and that's another thing I like. I have no burning desire to unearth some mystery back story about her, it's good she has no baggage. I don't care. I'm enjoying watching her just being herself, drinking at the bar, exchanging glances and words with anyone she fancies.


When she finds out about Nick snogging Carla, and she will as this is soap, will she crumble? Will she break down and die? Oh no, not Erica. She will survive. I'm not even sure she likes mumsy-boy Nick much. He's just someone to snog and canoodle until the bar opens again. Next week she goes for a drink with Lloyd, so she can't be that torn up about Nick before moving on to fresh meat.

I love Erica because she Just Is.  There's nothing to stop her moving into the Rovers with her mate Liz and the two of them running the pub together. There's nothing to stop her putting a bid in for Underworld and taking the factory off Carla's hands, bringing in a manager and letting it do its thing while she reaps the rewards. There's nothing to stop Erica from going out and getting a fella. There's nothing to stop her doing anything she flaming well likes. But it's the fact she chooses not to do any of this that I find so intriguing.  All she wants to do is drift to the nearest bar stool and drink a large glass of red.

Last night on Corrie as Erica sat at the bar in the Rovers next to Carla, she ordered a full bottle (a full bottle!) of red wine to drink on her own (on her own!) in the afternoon (I know!). When Carla came into the pub, Erica asked Sarah for another glass so she could share the bottle with Carla.

"You start drinking with me you'll get a repuation!," Carla joked.

Erica's reply was: "I've never really been one for worrying what people think."

And that, in a nutshell, is why she's wonderful to watch.

The future is bright.
The future is Erica.

Download our free App | Follow on Twitter @CoroStreetBlog | Like on Facebook | Visit Corrie.net


Creative Commons Licence
All original work on the Coronation Street Blog is covered by a Creative Commons License

11 comments:

Humpty Dumpty said...

I agree it's fine to have background characters who 'just are'. Kirk's one of those who pops up mainly in other people's storylines. However, Erica's another Andrea for me. Rather dull. Possibly because Erica hooked up with Nick, she hasn't become someone I'm very interested in. They're both pretty dull characters and I don't much care what happens to either of them. It's becoming clear with such a huge cast that some characters only work when they're with stronger actors/characters. Tracy works well with Roy and Rob but not with Robert. Sophie's OK with Tim but not with Dev. This theory falls down with Lloyd. Brilliant as Craig Charles is, the only partnership that's worked has been with Steve.

For a stronger Nick, he should be with Leanne or Carla. Erica should have teamed up with Tony - that would have been fun.

Tvor said...

I found Erica rather interesting last night. She can obviously see that Nick is drawn to Carla and last night, it felt to me, that she was spending time with Carla so as to assess the competition!

abbyk said...

I'm in the Like club as well, now that we no longer things have cooled down with Nick. She's a normal person, how refreshing. Because she does seem to get along well with most, I could see her pulling pints in the sassy older barmaid role, if she needed a job. Maybe Sarah will leave and open a space for her. And unlike Andrea, there is no permanent grin to suffer through.

Stephen said...

I don't agree. There's no point in a rudderless character. Too many have already been unceremoniously dumped because the writers did nothing with them. Andrea comes to mind, also the hapless Dennis Tanner. If they do the same to Kirk, who steals every scene he's in, I'll unceremoniously dump Corra.

Give this lovely actress something to do! The notion of her behind the bar with the dear Liz is an intriguing one, as long as they don't become rivals, which of course they would, if only over a man.

Joseph Billington said...

I agree with abbyk, she has a Corrie future

Catman said...

Erica is nothing more than a cardboard cutout that fills in empty space so far. Why such a tribute to a newbie?

Anonymous said...

Shes very beige in my book. What exactly is the point of her? She neither offends me or intrigues me. I don't watch corrie to buy into characters who 'just are', they rob time for other more interesting characters. I agree that not every character needs a back story or baggage and corrie always needs those moments of conversation which are just about every day life between characters but she is neither amusing or adds anything to a scene then she should hop on the nearest bust beck to hr mothers in my opinion. Can you honestly see us looking back in years gone by and admiring what she brought to corrie in the manner we do other glorious characters? - Micky

njblas said...

I'm undecided about her. So far she seems like a watered-down version of Audrey's chum Claudia. Like Stephen said above, there's a danger she could go the way of Dennis or Andrea. Jenna was another in this category. However, if you're young and pretty, you can be pointless for years. Maria, anyone? Oh, and where's Andy/Fake Gavin gone? Is he in danger of disappearing for good, because the writers can't find a new direction for him since his web of deceit was revealed?

Anonymous said...

You have GOT to be kidding.

Zagg said...

I am not a fan of Erica at all. I just didn't take to her character. I can see that she is a fine actress, but they made her kind of desperate cougar which is just not appealing. Why can't they write women in a better light on this show? They're either man-hungry, bitches or kooks.

Catman said...

Well said.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Our Top 10 Blog Posts in last 7 days (automatically updated)

Click on a name to find out more about your Corrie favourites!

aidan connor alan halsall alex bain alison king alison sinclair all about soap awards amy barlow amy kelly andrea beckett andrew paul andy carver andy whyment anna windass anne kirkbride antony cotton audrey roberts awards barbara knox barlows battleaxes becky mcdonald behind the scenes ben price ben tagoe bet gilroy bet lynch beth tinker bethany platt betty driver betty turpin betty williams betty's hotpot bev callard bev unwin beverley callard bill roache bill tarmey billy mayhew billy the vicar blanche hunt brooke vincent bruno langley Callum Logan can i visit the coronation street set Canada canadian coronation street fans cardy o'donnell carla barlow carla connor carmel morgan catherine tyldesley cathy matthews celebrities on coronation street characters joining coronation street characters leaving coronation street charlie condou cherylee houston chesney brown chris fewtrell chris gascoyne claire king classic corrie clothes worn on coronation street colson smith competition conversation street coronation street art coronation street fan events coronation street fan of the week coronation street fans coronation street funerals coronation street history coronation street in canada coronation street look-a-like coronation street map coronation street men coronation street merchandise coronation street news coronation street spoilers Coronation Street The Tour coronation street weekly update coronation street weekly updates coronation street writers craig charles damon rochefort daran little david neilson david platt debbie oates debbie rush deirdre barlow deirdre hunt deirdre Langton deirdre perm deirdre rachid Dennis Tanner dev alahan eileen derbyshire eileen grimshaw ellie-louise leach elsie tanner emily bishop emily nugent ena sharples exclusive interview famous people who have been in corrie fat brenda faye windass fiz brown fiz stape flaming nora florizel street flying ducks gail hillman Gail McIntyre gail platt gail potter gail rodwell gail tilsley gary windass gary's army diaries gay and lesbians gay men in coronation street gay men in soaps gay women in soaps granada manchester coronation street set granada studios gurn of the week helen worth hilda ogden hilda ogden's curlers Hope Stape hot pot how to contact coronation street inside soap magazine izzy armstrong jack and vera duckworth jack p shepherd jane danson jane danson's husband jason grimshaw jennie mcalpine jigsaw jimmi harkishin job vacancies at coronation street julie carp julie goodyear julie hesmondhalgh julie jones julie walters kabin karen mcdonald kate ford katherine kelly kathy jones katie mcglynn Katy Cavanagh ken barlow kevin webster kim crowther kirk sutherland kylie platt kylie turner kym marsh kym ryder leanne barlow leanne battersby leanne tilsley leanne's real mother les dennis lisa george liz mcdonald lloyd mullaney maggie jones malcolm hebden maria connor maria gordon maria sutherland mark llewellin maxine's bench michael le vell michelle connor mikey north mikey north miley windass minnie caldwell Morrissey mothers on the cobbles new set newton and ridley nick tilsley nick's bistro nigel pivaro no.1 Coronation Street no.11 coronation street no.13 coronation street no.3 coronation street no.5 coronation street no.6 coronation street no.7 coronation street no.9 coronation street norris cole norris cole's brother nuttalls brewery odd side of the street official coronation street website oldham coliseum on location outside broadcast paddy mcguinness pat phoenix patti claire patti clare paula lane peter barlow peter gunn pets on coronation street phil collinson Philip Lowrie pickled jo pictures of the coronation street set pigeons pillars of the community platt family props qasim akhtar returning characters rita fairclough rita littlewood rita sullivan road to coronation street rovers bosses rovers fire rovers return rovers return barmaids rovers return fire rovers return landlady roy and hayley roy cropper roys rolls ryan thomas sally webster sally and tim sally dynevor sally webster sally whittaker sam aston samia smith sarah platt schmeichel sean tully simon barlow simon crowther simon gregson sinead tinker sophie webster state of the street steve mcdonald storyline speculation storylines streetcars stuart blackburn stuffed marrow sue cleaver sue johnston sue nicholls sylvia cropper sylvia goodwin terence maynard terry duckworth the corrie years the kabin the road to coronation street through the years tina mcintyre todd grimshaw tony warren Tony Warren inspiration tours of coronation street tracy barlow trafford set tram crash tricia hopkins tyrone dobbs underworld underworld sign unofficial book vera duckworth victoria court fire walking tours weatherfield weatherfield arms weatherfield council weatherfield county weatherfield county football club weatherfield fire station weatherfield gazette weatherfield haulage Weatherfield Open Days weatherfield style weatherfield wayfarer wedding wedding dress weddings weekly awards weekly update where have you seen william roache William Roache Interview window cleaners writers for soaps