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Sunday 30 June 2024

Corrie Cast Chat: Meet Betsy Swain!

Last week, Corrie introduced another new character into Joel's (ever increasingly weird) world of teenage girls. Credited as 'Sabrina's Mate' this feisty blonde set out to blackmail the slimy solicitor, after seeing him flirt with her friend. It didn't take long for Corrie's X sleuths to guess that 'Sabrina's mate' is actually Betsy Swain, daughter of D.S Lisa Swain. Making her acting debut via the biggest soap on British television, I was honoured to be at last week's Coronation Street press event, at ITV Studios, which introduced the (youthful-looking) 22-year-old actress Sydney Martin (who plays Betsy) to the soap media. 

Hi Sydney! Welcome to Coronation Street...

How did the role of Betsy come about and what was the process? 

"Initially, in January of this year, I went for two smaller roles for a couple of episodes, which was great to be seen by Coronation Street, but I didn't get them. It was good to make it through twice. Two weeks later, they asked if I wanted to audition for a series regular! I was like "Yeah, that would be great!" I got the audition through for Betsy in February, it was a two-month process, and it was quite a long process! I did a read-through with Vicky (Myers, D.S Swain), and two screen tests, taking it as a good experience. I didn't expect to get it! I was doing 6 nights a week at Tesco so it was quite the career change!"

You are 22 years old in real life but play a teenager. Do you think that's the best way, rather than coming into such a huge show as a teenage actress? 

"Yeah, this is my first role and hats off to any of the younger cast who do it because it is daunting! With such a big family atmosphere and coming in as a new person, everyone has welcomed me with open arms but it is, especially when it's your first TV thing. To come in on the Lauren storyline which is such an important massive storyline, and to understand it more, as I'm a lot older, it's dealing with serious topics, which has been nice"

Is 16-year-old Betsy anything like 16-year-old Sydney? 

"Absolutely not! - she's different to me, but I love it as she's my alter ego. I would have loved to have been like her at that age -she's so confident. It's nice to do it and so fun to replay your teenage years but in different shoes! She's the complete opposite of me!"

What were you told about Betsy - how would you describe her? 

"I had a big description through when I first got it, just that she's feisty, cocky, and a smart cookie. She's intelligent, like her Mum, streetwise, and has had to fend for herself. They are working through their grief together. I've been playing with these personality traits. In the next few weeks, we will see a few different sides to her. I've watched a lot of scenes that Vicky has done and based her on Swain! I wanted to channel her into Betsy."

We've already seen Betsy blackmail Joel, and she's about to blackmail Carla. For someone raised by two female detectives, why does she seem to have some contempt for the law? 

"She lost her other Mum whilst she was on duty, so has a bit of disrespect for the career, which causes some tension in their relationship, but also a sense of "Mummy can get me out of it" (if she gets in trouble) She plays with that a bit and has a sense of naivety in thinking her Mum would just get her out of trouble!"

How are you getting on with Vicky? 

"I've been here two months now. We have the best dressing room chats: we talk about anything and everything! In another universe, we were definitely mother and daughter. We are so similar, and Vicky got me flowers on my first day, she just made me feel so appreciated and welcome! To have the mother figure, to have someone, has been really brilliant!

Thank you, Sydney!    


On the hottest day of the year thus far, I spent last Monday at ITV studios in Salford, meeting a few more Corrie cast members, had a stroll on the Street set, AND saw DS Swain in the flesh, which made this an extraordinary Corrie day out for yours truly

Keep your eyes peeled for more cast interviews to come. I'm armed with spoilers, and having seen a preview of next week's episodes, I can tell you you're in for a treat! A scorching day of summer spoilers!

I am @rybazoxo on X 

Saturday 29 June 2024

Conversation Street Podcast Episode #634

On our latest podcast, we chat about the episodes of Corrie airing on Monday 24th and Friday 28th June (Episodes #11,297 - 11,300).

Overall this was a pretty good week, we thought, which isn't always the case when the Winter-Browns are headlining! However, some excellent performances by Dolly-Rose Campbell and the addition of Kit as he saves her from prison really helped us to enjoy this week's A-story, plus we're always suckers for a bit of location shooting too! Elsewhere on the Street, we're finally introduced to DS Swain's daughter Betsy, who looks set to be a real troublemaker; Glenda and George's spat is too much for Michael to bear; and Tim has a big decision to make when it comes to how he's going to be spending Steve's birthday - we sense a bust-up at the bust unveiling is imminent! 

Next on the podcast, it's time for The Kabin - it's good new for Corrie as they triumph at the TRIC Awards, plus the announcement of an official 'Audience With Claire King' event for Emmerdale fans has us speculating whether something similar could be on the cards for Corrie fans in the future.. We round off the show with a great selection of feedback from listeners including a voicemail and a new iTunes review!

Street Talk - 00:12:38
The Kabin - 01:53:18 
Feedback - 02:15:15

Also this week, we're back for the third round of Corrieliminator! This month, the 30 randomly selected characters from Corrie's past are fairly easy to whittle down to the Top 3, but how did we rank the rest of them? Quite a few names this month that we didn't really have strong opinions on one way or another, so it'd be interesting to know just how much our final ranking aligned with what you would say! As always, you have your chance to vote in the listener poll and pick three characters you want to go through to the listeners' Grand Finale - follow the link below to make your selection!

You can subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, stream all our old episodes on our own site here, or click the play buttons above to give it a listen from the comfort of this very blog! 

Friday 28 June 2024

Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Friday 28th June 2024

Friday 28th June 2024

GEMMA’S PROBLEMS NEED A REPAIR KIT Kit is shocked to see Gemma being brought into the police station having been arrested for stealing the shoes. Bernie begs Kit to do what he can to secure Gemma’s release. Kit calls at the shoe shop and explains to Bruce that he’s here about the shoplifting incident, can he get Gemma off. Gemma is intrigued to know why Kit wanted to help her and introduces him to Chesney and the kids. Whilst there Kit gets a shocking call from his dad.

BUSINESS GETS IN THE WAY OF PLEASURE FOR JOEL Whilst Dee-Dee gets ready for their engagement lunch, Joel furtively takes a call from Sabrina’s mate, telling him he has to meet her or he’ll regret it. What do they want? 

GLENDA DIVIDES AND CONQUERS When Glenda bangs on about the situation with George and how she wants what’s rightfully hers, Michael’s disapproval is evident and Glenda senses he’s cooling towards her. Glenda calls at the undertakers and suggests to George that if he gives her his house she will drop the case. Will she agree? 

ELSEWHERE Sally calls at the cab office and tells Tim she’s off into town to buy a new outfit for tomorrow. Steve listens, more convinced than ever that Tim’s planning a surprise party for him. When Amy reveals that Tracy’s cancelled her visit and she’s staying in Spain, Steve’s secretly gutted, his plans to win her back, up in smoke. In the Rovers, Steve quizzes Cassie, Kevin and Tyrone about his surprise party. They deny all knowledge and Steve smiles to himself, convinced they’re bluffing. Abi explains to Kevin that she needs to get away for a few days and she’s going to stay with Lynsey and the twins. As Abi heads out, Kevin does his best to remain positive.
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Tuesday 25 June 2024

Spoilers for next week's Coronation Street - July 1 to 5 2024

Here are the major storylines for the week ahead on Coronation Street, all wrapped up nicely in 50 words or less.

Monday July 1 to Friday July 5 2024

Shona schemes to get Roy out of his shell, Swain grills Sarah, Steve's birthday party is not what he wanted, Toyah is horrified by doctor's news, depressed Bernie confides in Dev.  

See the full week's preview with pictures at  

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