Coronation Street actress Brooke Vincent has spoken to RadioTimes.com about rumours that her character, Sophie Webster, is set to become addicted to crack in a forthcoming storyline.
“If they are going to play the story, I think it would be amazing. There are a lot of young people go through that stage in life and think it’s really cool,” the 19-year-old said at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards.
“I know Emmerdale have done the story as well [in 2010, Holly Barton grew dependent on cocaine], but I think it’s good to show young adults what the effects of drugs are.”
Earlier this month, it was reported that Sophie will start to take the Class A substance after Ryan (Ben Thompson), the son of Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh), returns from university and tempts her with the drugs.
So how does Vincent feel about the ITV1 soap tackling such weighty topics?
“On Corrie, they spend a lot of time on storylines and working out whether they’re right for the character. I think it’s good that such an old soap is deciding to tackle such young issues.”
The actress also revealed how she and screen parents Michael Le Vell and Sally Dynevor are adjusting behind the scenes following the departure of Helen Flanagan, who played Sophie’s sister, Rosie:
“Helen obviously played a huge part in our family and there’ll always be that part of us that will miss her. She was outrageous, busty, lovely and ditzy – I miss her and I know Mike and Sally miss her, too. But, who knows? Maybe she’ll come back one day.”
As for recent press revelations that co-star William Roache had slept with 1,000 women, Vincent said: “He’s a charmer. He’s such a big personality and everybody loves him on the cast. But a thousand bloody women, he must have got about!”