Debbie Webster (Sue Devaney) makes quite the return to Coronation Street in the coming episodes, and she wastes little time in making her presence felt.
The Weatherfield icon arrives on the cobbles next Wednesday (August 26), and reacquaints herself with the eponymous street.
Speaking about what brings Debbie back to the cobbles, actress Sue Devaney told Metro.co.uk: ‘I think business has brought her back and I think, because the situation where she lives in Turkey, she was missing her family, she’s very close to her brother and I think she wanted to be around family more.
‘I think you do get to that age in life where you think “I’ve had all this, I wanna get closer to home” and I think the thing with Debbie is, wherever she travels and whatever she does, she always comes back to home. She’s never forgotten where she’s come from.
‘She takes comfort in that and, this time round, she thinks “I quite like it here”.
‘I think she’s going to do a few business deals and stuff and she wants to make sure her brother is all right.’
Upon her arrival, Debbie instantly locks horns with Abi Franklin (Sally Carman), and it becomes apparent that she’s very protective of her brother Kevin (Michael Le Vell) and doesn’t want to see him messed around — but Abi insists that that’s the last thing she’d want to do.
Sue told us: ‘Kevin is seeing Abi and I think Debbie thinks “Is she good enough for him? Is she going to be kind to him? Is she going to be nice to him?”
‘I think they are two very strong women that speak their mind and I think that if Kevin’s is happy, Debbie’s happy – but I think she doesn’t want him to make a fool of himself again and I think she is very wary of Abi.
‘But I think she likes Abi. I don’t think she dislikes her. I think she wants her to be honest and sincere with it – and I don’t think Debbie thinks she is very sincere.”
However, if you thought that Debbie was going to mind her own business where Abi is concerned, then think again, as Sue reveals that the character ‘doesn’t keep her nose out.’
She told us: ‘I think she gets her nose right in the middle of things and thinks right, what is going on? I think what she is trying to do is find out if Abi is genuine.
‘Kevin has been hurt so many times that I think she wants to make sure it’s a strong relationship because he means the world to her.
‘I think that she likes women. Debbie is a woman’s woman and I think she is fond of Abi. There is something in Abi that she likes.’
‘But if Abi crosses Kevin, Debbie would say no, that’s it. This isn’t working for me. but then it’s never as black and white as that, is it?’
Coronation Street continues Friday August 21 at 7:30pm on ITV.
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