Michelle Connor is in for a surprise in the coming weeks after boyfriend Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) drops the bombshell that he’s bought the Rovers for her.
“Michelle’s feeling a bit useless because she no longer has her job at the factory and Ryan has left. So Steve spies this opportunity and thinks it would be a great idea to buy the Rovers for her as a gift,” says Kym Lomas. “He thinks it’ll make her feel much better about herself, but he does it all in secret so she’s absolutely fuming. Buying a pub is quite a big decision to make really, isn’t it!”
Yet surely Michelle and the Rovers bar go together like Newton and Ridley? After all, it’s the very place where she started out after arriving on the Street.
“Well, at least she’s doing something she’s good at and that people appreciate her for. But Steve’s decision does make her go a bit mad. Michelle didn’t really have the best experience the last time they were there, so she has bad memories of the place, really.
“But eventually she does come round to the idea and ends up pleased that she and Steve are now co-owners of the Rovers and that she’s found some purpose in her life. She feels as though she’s come home.”
Those feelings of contentedness might not last long though, especially with the prospect of Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard) arriving back in town as a not-so-silent partner in the Rovers business:
“Again, Michelle’s going to be angry because it’s something else that Steve has kept from her!” says Lomas. “She does feel as though her life is being decided for her and that Steve is pushing her around. However, I do think Michelle and Liz will quickly resume their friendship and form a united front. I imagine a lot of comedy is going to come out of them ganging up on Steve!”
And is the actress looking forward to teaming up with Callard and Gregson as a trio behind the bar? “Well, I work a lot with Simon anyway but the dynamic in the Rovers is going to be brilliant with Bev coming back. The pub is really at the heart of the show and I think we can expect a lot of humour to come out of it.”