Inside Corrie Faye Brookes’ life – famous ex, glam snaps and soap return twist

Coronation Street resident Carla Connor sends a warning to Jenny Connor this week after reminding her that she promised Johnny's daughter Kate a share of his money following his death.

Kate Connor left Weatherfield in 2019, and since then, actress Faye Brookes has appeared on our tv screens in programmes including Dancing on Ice, as well as on stage in musicals such as Chicago.

However, the star has since revealed that she would love to make a surprise return to the soap one day, telling The Sun: "Well, I’m not dead. I didn’t die! Rana my on-screen lady lover died. I went travelling, I don’t know where I am!

"As any of us always say, it really is the best thing you’ll ever do and hopefully I will get to go back one day."

With Kate mentioned in Coronation Street this week, Daily Star takes a look at Faye Brook's life since leaving the soap.

From Corrie to Chicago

After leaving Coronation Street, Faye has been busy both onstage and on screen.

As well as taking part in the 2020 series of Dancing on Ice, the star also came second in the competition, but sadly lost out to Capital FM DJ Sonny Jay.

She also landed the role of Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago during lockdown, after sending a self audition tape to the casting directors while at home.

Talking to Mecca Bingo Live, Faye expressed her delight at getting the part, saying: "It was during Lockdown two, I was going stir crazy, I was thinking oh my goodness what am I going to do? I’m not in Corrie right now, I want to do something different."

She added: "Our whole industry went kaput for a while, Chicago came up and I was thrilled as I’d never been considered for it."

Famous ex

Faye Brookes not only found new levels of success performing in musicals, but she also found love with former Pop Idol runner up Gareth Gates.

The two stars met when they were performing alongside one another in a production of Legally Blonde: The Musical in 2012, as Elle Woods and former lover Warner.

From there romance blossomed, and the couple later became engaged in January 2019, with Gareth popping the question with a huge £30,000 engagement ring.

However, the couple split up not long after, with a source telling The Sun: "Gareth and Faye have been through a lot together but they just can’t make it work.

"She’s in a different place right now after leaving Corrie and is working hard to land some new roles.

"She was really excited about the wedding and had even picked a venue but deep down she knew it wasn’t right."

However, Faye has since found love with personal trainer Joe Davies, with who she shares a gorgeous home in Manchester and is the owner of two adorable dogs called Bao and Bear.

Glam hair transformation

Faye Brookes is known for her glamorous looks and in 2021, the star posted a photograph on Instagram of her new hairstyle.

The actress could be seen wearing sunglasses, while her brunette locks flowed past her shoulders, with the photograph captioned: "New hair, who dis," on the Instagram story.

It is not the only time that Faye has showed off an incredible hair transformation, with fans going wild for her Kate Middleton inspired Dancing on Ice look in 2020.

Faye posted a photograph on Instagram of her wearing a wedding outfit and make-up identical to that worn by The Duchess of Cambridge on her wedding day to the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.

Fans praised the "gorgeous" and "stunning" look, with make-up artist Holly Louise Davies, who was responsible for the look, saying: "“Royal Wedding makeup for beautiful Faye Brookes as Kate Middleton for last night's Dancing On Ice love week.

"Doesn't she look just like her?"

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