Coronation Street favourite Lucy Fallon has shared her regrets over leaving the soap, branding it the ‘worst decision I could have ever made.’
Bethany Platt left the show in scenes airing January 2020, just two months before the country locked down entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s something that Lucy could never have prepared for and, ahead of her exciting upcoming return, she has spoken candidly about the struggles she has endured in her career between her two stints.
‘I was on Corrie for five years. I left in January 2020, which was potentially the worst possible decision I could have ever made,’ she reflected.
‘We went into full lockdown in the March, which I feel like in a way, did me a few favours, as I could get away from that character and not have the pressure that I needed to be doing something – because nobody was doing anything.’
She was speaking on the podcast, BTS With, she continued: ‘The worst question you can get asked when you aren’t working is “what are you doing now? What are you doing next? What TV show are you going to be on now” as if it works like that.
.Even though lockdown was horrendous, I sort of enjoyed that time in a way, just not having to worry about the fact people were going to ask me that.
‘But it also killed me that I was probably on a bit of a high when I left Corrie, and then lockdown fizzled that out.
‘When things started back up again, I struggled to find my place in auditions. Then everything just started to fall apart a little bit, in terms of work and acting.
‘I’ll be honest, I have struggled, it’s been hard – the main reason is because we were in a global pandemic.’
At the time of her departure, Lucy Fallon told podcast Soap From The Box that she had managed to dip her toes into other projects, after feeling Bethany needed a rest from ‘storyline after storyline’.
‘I’ve done different shows, I did Don’t Rock the Boat, a reality thing. I did All Star Musicals. So I have done things but if I hadn’t left I might have been stuck in situations that I didn’t particularly want to be in. Now I feel peaceful and happy.’
And, of course, she has had a busy and uplifting time off-screen too. Lucy welcomed her first child, named Sonny Jude, with her footballer boyfriend Ryan Ledson earlier this year.
Three and a half years on, and it has been confirmed that she will be treading the cobbles again and reuniting with the Platt family, in a comeback that is expected to air around this year’s Christmas episodes.
You can listen to Lucy’s full interview with BTS With by following this link to the episode on Spotify.
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