Coronation Street’s Bethany Platt is finally about to take some control back from evil Nathan Curtis and see him get sent down for his crimes against her.
But Nathan isn’t the only one she’ll go after – pervert policeman Neil is also in her line of fire.
Lucy Fallon, who plays Bethany, has confirmed to The Sun Online that Bethany’s anger, hurt and upset will actually be directed more in Neil’s direction than it will Nathan’s.
“Even though what Nathan has done to her is horrible,” she said, “I think for Bethany what Neil has done is worse because he raped her and I think for her that was the first time she was experiencing something like that and it’s something she will never ever forget.
“I think for her that’s so important that she takes him down.”
While she didn’t go so far as to reveal exactly how she would take him down, but she did say she was “excited” to film the scenes.
“It’s going to be good, it’s going to be different to everything we’ve filmed so far, so yeah, I’m really excited.
Viewers will of course know Neil was the first person Bethany was given to to have his wicked way with her.
He took her into a room at one of Nathan’s parties, despite her signalling to Nathan she felt uncomfortable.
He then forced himself on her and Bethany was horrified. But as ever, Nathan managed to turn the situation to his own advantage and convinced her it was just what adults did in relationships.
Next week’s episodes will see the teen leave her family in Weatherfield, thinking she’s eloping with her boyfriend.
But Nathan has a shock for her when he tells her she’ll be going to Belgium alone, not with him. Actor Chris Harper has spoken out about the moment Bethany finally stands up to Nathan.
He said: “Nathan is going to leave Bethany high and dry with a ‘friend’ of his. He is going to wash his hands of her and move on. She’s been a lot of trouble and this is his last chance to cash in on her.
“As ever, Nathan lies to her about his desire to be together and the strength of his love, telling her that they’re eloping to the continent. But he doesn’t do a very thorough job, and takes her compliance for granted.
“He thinks if he keeps tightening his grip on Bethany she will comply, but it starts to have the opposite effect. It’s his arrogance that leads her to start to question him – he stops listening to her.”
He added: “Bethany will show a lot of courage and do something very difficult.
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“She is actually very clever. I think it’s the moment everyone has been waiting for. Bethany jumps out of the frying pan and into the fire, but the end of Nathan’s evil control is in sight.”
The news will be more than welcome to Corrie fans who have been watching Nathan’s grooming and manipulation of Bethany with horror.
The 17-year-old, played by Lucy Fallon, thinks she’s in a loving relationship with Nathan – even though he’s been pimping her out to his mates.
She even blamed herself when he stubbed a cigarette out on her arm, saying she’d let him down and deserved it.