Corrie star Simon Gregson has been speaking of his joy he feels at having screen mum Beverley Callard back behind the bar of the Rovers Return.
“Bev is very funny, witty and bubbly, so she’s great to have around on set,” says the 38-year-old actor, who plays Steve McDonald. “When Liz comes back, she and Michelle immediately join forces against Steve, which is great fun. Steve’s not allowed to be a grown-up around his mum or any other woman – he’s still a kid in their eyes.”
But this perceived lack of maturity could well bode well for Steve, who will soon be contending with running both the pub and the Streetcars taxi firm.
“He likes an easy life,” laughs Gregson. “Steve’s very lazy and he can’t be bothered with confrontation. His heart’s in the right place but he’s just lazy. The whole situation makes for some great comedy because half the time Lloyd thinks Steve is in the pub, while Liz and Michelle think he’s in the cab office. In reality, Steve is off somewhere else and skiving from both jobs.”
In the coming weeks, viewers will see Steve agree to buy the Rovers from Stella (Michelle Collins) in a move that brings about the return of Liz after an absence of more than two years. And it seems that having the McDonalds back at the helm meets with Gregson’s approval:
“It’s nice to have the McDonalds partly back together. Owning the Rovers is quite cool and it’s the first time I’ve seen my name above the door, so I had a little moment there. Steve could never be the licensee before, he can now as any criminal record has lapsed.”