KYM'SREADY TO RUMBLE; Sundayinterview: It's Getting Serious on Coronation Street as Michelle Connor Starts to Become More Suspicious of Former Sister-in-Law Carla. Kym Marsh, Who Has Played Michelle since 2006, Tells ANDY WELCH about the Dramatic Storyline, Her Real-Life Baby Tragedy and What 2010 Holds for Both Her and Her Character

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KYM'SREADY TO RUMBLE; Sundayinterview: It's Getting Serious on Coronation Street as Michelle Connor Starts to Become More Suspicious of Former Sister-in-Law Carla. Kym Marsh, Who Has Played Michelle since 2006, Tells ANDY WELCH about the Dramatic Storyline, Her Real-Life Baby Tragedy and What 2010 Holds for Both Her and Her Character


SOAPLAND is a funny place, where the rules of everyday life don't apply.

Imagine, for a terrible second, that your friend and former-sister-in-law knew who killed your brother but disappeared to LA without telling you.

Finding out her brother's death wasn't an accident was bad enough, but now Michelle Connor has to take in the fact that Tony Gordon was behind the murder and her sister-in-law Carla has known about it for months.

Understandably, the feisty barmaid is furious when she finds out the whole story, which leads to an old-fashioned catfight on the Weatherfield cobbles.

"Michelle drags the truth out of Carla and they have a massive scrap," says Kym Marsh, who has played Michelle since 2006.

"Filming that was great. We have a co-ordinator but, to be honest, in those situations you just have to go for it, because if you don't they just look rubbish," continues the 33-year-old.

"Me and Alison King just went for it, so the next day we were battered and bruised all over. I must be getting old because I couldn't move the next day.

My back was killing me," she says, laughing.

"We were actually fighting, dragging each other around. I mean, you don't actually pull each other's hair, but all the other physicalities of it are true."

Knowing she's completely in the wrong, Carla doesn't put up much of a fight and has more battles on her hands when she gets to Underworld the following day and has to face the ire of the factory girls now her secret is out - although Hayley, ever the peacemaker, tries to persuade the girls to go easy on their boss.

Kym believes it'll be some time before her character gets over the revelatory news, though.

"She was beginning to put Liam's death to rest but then she found out about Tony and Carla," explains Kym. "There are new cans of worms being opened all the time. Going from it being a tragic accident to a murder changes everything.

"Finding out once and for all what happened might lead to closure, but then again maybe not," she continues. "I don't think she'll ever get over the death of Liam, well both her brothers, let's not forget Paul.

Maybe she'll move on a bit after this."

Off screen, Kym and Alison, who plays her nemesis Carla, are great friends but despite that, Kym had no problem bashing her mate around.

"It's much easier to be nasty to someone in work when you're friends in real life," she says. "It was all back to normal the second after we'd filmed the fight. We cuddled and then we we n t for a drink. That was it.

"It's the same with Helen Flanagan," she adds of her young co-star who plays Rosie Webster, one of a long line of Corrie residents to be slapped about by Michelle.

"It was terrible when I had to fight with her, she's so lovely. I love her to bits, like a little sister. Helen's definitely not someone you want to have a fight with at all," says Kym. …

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