Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn has confirmed that 12-year-old schoolgirl Faye Windass (Ellie Leach) will fall pregnant later this year.
"It's going to be horrible for all of her family. The first response for parents in a situation like that would naturally be, 'Where have we gone wrong?', so that'll be the case for Anna, Owen and Tim," revealed the ITV soap's boss. "They'll wonder how to deal with it and how to support a young girl who's in that position. Anna and Owen will be close again by this stage, but it doesn't necessarily mean that they'll have the right answers."
Faye will become the youngest character in Coronation Street's history to be left expecting a baby, with long-term fans recalling that Sarah-Louise Platt (Tina O'Brien) gave birth at the age of 13 back in 2000.
Blackburn, speaking in an interview with DigitalSpy, added that Faye's storyline is one that he felt the need to portray with great accuracy:
"Teen pregnancies don't result in long-term welfare checks and a really easy life - it's a nightmare at that age so it's going to affect her physically and emotionally. It'll also affect her education. Faye is already a character who always worries that she's different, so this will only add to her fears of feeling like an outsider.
"It's a biggie and it's one of those stories where we've got a massive responsibility to get it right. Things are better than they were 20 years ago, but it's still a reality for tens of thousands of people out there."
The character of Faye was first seen on Coronation Street back in January 2011 and was at the centre of press attention a year later after seen being smacked on the legs by adoptive mum Anna's (Debbie Rush) partner Owen Armstrong (Ian Puleston-Davies).
More recently, the Windass/Armstrong family have faced fresh strain thanks to job insecurity and a recent bankruptcy hearing that led to the bailiffs visiting their home on the Street.