Coronation Street icon Sue Nicholls says she is due an on-screen love interest – and Hollywood silver fox Harvey Keitel fits the bill.
The actress, 74, has played Audrey Roberts since 1979 and admits the man-eater has calmed down over the years.
But she says Audrey is now back in the market for a fling with a beefcake – and the new tattoo parlour on the revamped Weatherfield set could be the place to start looking.
Asked about a romance, she said: “I keep saying it depends if there’s a dishy tattooist, then the answer is yes! I’d like a nice big hunk."
She continued: "The only other person I’d say would be good for Audrey is someone like Harvey Keitel’s character Winston Wolfe.
“I’ve always thought he’d be the type of fella for her – tough, attractive and tells her what he wants.”
Audrey arrived in Corrie as an unwed mum in 1979 and became a permanent cast member in 1985.
Sue said: “Back in the day, Audrey was a man-eater. I watch classic episodes and when I arrived, I was flirty. Anyone bought you a G&T and you were away! I wondered if I was like that in real life but you do change as you get older.”
Fans will soon see Audrey get a potential love interest – but the plot does not go far.
“I do have a bit of a flirt coming up,” she said. “It’s funny because I have an accident. This gentleman arrives and it’s all a bit of a misunderstanding.
“It’s kind of sweet more than heavy panting! It goes in another direction, which is nice because I’m waiting for the tattooist.”
Sue has been married to actor Mark Eden for 25 years but says older women do not necessarily need a partner to be happy.
She said: “Everybody thinks you need a man or you’re going to drink yourself to death because you’re so lonely. I don’t think that. Ask around, many women are quite happy.”
And Sue believes Audrey, whose hubby Alf died in 1999, might be better off single.
She said: “I’m happy on my own as Audrey. Audrey goes home and shuts the door thinking, ‘Peace at last’.”
After this week’s unveiling of the extended set at Trafford Wharf Road in Salford Quays, Manchester, Sue said she still misses the old one at Quay Street.
She said: “There are times I still think I liked the old intimacy – it was much smaller. But things progress.”
And after 33 years, Sue has no intention of leaving – even if fired.
She said: “If they get rid of me, I’ll be sad but I’ll still come in every day! The security know me and would let me in, I could go to the green room and say hi.
“I’m thrilled to still be in Coronation Street.”
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