Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Playing the Dutiful Wife

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Playing the Dutiful Wife

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Byline: By Gordon Barr

Steve MacDonald's wedding has dominated soapland. But what happened to his first screen wife? She's in the region next week and Showbusiness Reporter Gordon Barr caught up with her

While the nation has been gripped by the shenanigans of this week's Corrie wedding, one former star of the soap hasn't had a chance to watch any of it.

And yet you would think she would be one of the keenest viewers going.

For Chloe Newsome, who is at Durham's Gala Theatre next week as Desdemona in Othello, played Steve MacDonald's first wife in the soap.

But she never watched Coronation Street before taking up the role, and has never watched it since leaving in the late 1990s.

"I've heard he's been tying the knot again," she laughs. "But to be honest I don't watch it. And I don't really keep in touch with the cast, except Roy Barraclough, who isn't in it any more either. He's a good mate."

Chloe, 27, is instead concentrating on her theatre roles. Othello is at the Gala from Tuesday until February 28.

Othello, Iago and Desdemona are bound together in a fatal triangle of desire, intrigue and tragedy. Deceived in his young wife's infidelity, Othello is blinded to the truth by obsession fuelled by the heat of sexual jealousy.

He destroys what he loves the most - but why would he believe the lie?

"Othello is a play that I knew fairly well, but Desdemona is not a role I ever imagined myself auditioning for. It was a bit of a shock and I had to do a bit of homework for it," admits Chloe, who will be staying in a cottage on a farm outside Durham during the play's North East run.

"Shakespeare has written a lot of great roles for women, but they are usually under-written.

"This one isn't. Not a lot of people see her as being feisty and strong but, for that period of time, she is. …

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