Yet despite Carol’s reluctance to get involved with old boyfriend David, it seems that Coulson is more than happy for the character to be back in Walford:
“Carol and David been on and off for nearly 20 years so there’s quite a rich tapestry of emotional stuff to draw on which maybe the show doesn’t have all the time. So all that’s rather lovely, especially for those viewers who have been watching for long enough. You don’t really get that kind of history anywhere else but in soaps.”
And it’s that history that leads David to confess his undying love for Carol. In scenes set to be shown on Friday 27 September, the old rogue emotionally pleads for another chance – but who does Coulson think that Carol should pick: David or Masood?
“That’s a difficult one because, as a grown-up woman, her head should be with Masood. He’s a kind and gentle man who feels good about himself. But her heart is probably with David. He’s her first love, they have a child together and I just don’t think Carol has ever quite grown up. As mature as I’d like her to be, she’s still a reactionary.
“It’s really difficult to play, but hey, at 53 it’s really not too bad to be playing with two attractive men. Plus Carol gets to be something other than a grandma. At the moment, she’s not a nanny or a mother. She’s just Carol being her own self. That’s really lovely.”