Actress Hayley Tamaddon is set to make a big impression on the Rovers regulars in the coming weeks when she makes her debut as Steve McDonald's study buddy Andrea. Looking a lot more glamorous than Steve had been making out, Andrea is set to cause a stir, particularly where Michelle is concerned. Here, the former star of Emmerdale and Dancing on Ice reveals what it was like to film her first scene in the Weatherfield pub and whether Andrea really does have her sights set on Steve.
So, how did it feel being the new girl?
I was petrified because it all happened very quickly. I had one audition, followed by a screen test a week later with Simon Gregson and Craig Charles. When they offered me the role, I said to them “are you sure?”. So I finished a play I was doing in Hull on the Friday and then started at Corrie on the Monday. My first scene was in the Rovers and everyone was very warm and welcoming.
Is it hard getting on the Corrie treadmill?
Working the schedule out is very difficult. There’s one big board full of pieces of paper and, on my first day, Beverley Callard had to show me how to work it all out. But I thrive on that kind of craziness.
What is your character Andrea like?
She’s sassy, but not overly confident. She’s also warm and loving – she’s had her heart broken numerous times and she has a 20-year-old daughter. She’s struggled, but she’s now out to get her Mr Right and she’s not going to let anybody stand in her way.
And is Steve Mr Right?
She thinks so, but he has no idea. They met at college, they’re good mates, but in her head she thinks there could be something more.
Does she know that he’s living with somebody?
Yes, she comes straight into the pub and meets Michelle and she’s nice to her. But Andrea is soon turning round to Steve and saying, “I’m not sure Michelle likes me. I think it’s because I’m a single woman and we’re mates.” So, at the moment it’s all very genuine. She’s not done anything mean or nasty, but there might be something on the horizon.
Is there going to be a stand-off?
Well, Michelle doesn’t take a shine to Andrea, so I hope so. I love those type of scenes. I’ve done some bits with Beverley Callard and Kym Marsh and already a little bit of sarcasm is creeping into the dialogue. So it might go that way.