It’s all heating up between Tina McIntyre and Peter Barlow down Weatherfield way. But will bride-to-be Carla rumble the pair before she marries Peter? Here, Michelle Keegan reveals all about those forbidden glances, coded conversations and dangerous liaisons between Peter and Tina – and talks of how she feels about her departure next year from the ITV soap:
Has Tina ever noticed Peter before she started working for him? Has she ever fancied him before?
I don’t think he’d even come into her radar until she started her feud against Tracy. At that point, she started to see how much they got on and that they had a connection. But I don’t think she’s ever thought about him in that way before now.
Is the situation more intense because of Simon?
Definitely – it doesn’t help that Tina is always around him and the fact that Simon loves Tina so much has an impact upon Peter, especially because Simon doesn’t have the same bond with Carla. That’s why Tina tells him it might be best to stop their agreement as being around each other seems to be making both of them want each other even more.
So, is Tina irresistibly drawn to Peter, do you think?
I don’t think Tina’s ever felt like this about anyone before. With Tommy, it was always him chasing her and not the other way around. They didn’t have the passionate relationship that she can see herself having with Peter. There’s just something about him that really gets to her and she finds herself weakening whenever he’s around. It’s troubling for her because she feels as though she can’t stop it, but she really likes Carla and she’s not the sort of girl to do that to another woman.
So where does Carla factor into Tina’s thoughts?
She does like Carla and they really get on, which is why she tells Peter it might be better if their arrangement for Simon comes to an end. Whenever she’s near Peter she just feels completely out of control and even though she knows it’s wrong because of Carla, she can’t help feeling drawn to him.
What happens when she goes round the night before the wedding?
Tina goes round to question Peter and ask him if he knows what he’s doing getting married. This comes off the back of him telling her that despite how much Carla has done for him, he still isn’t happy. When she turns up at Peter’s door she finds that he was about to cave in to the bottle. In actual fact, it’s Tina’s arrival that stops him from going back to that place.
Does Carla catch them in the flat together?
Yes, but Carla doesn’t have even the slightest suspicion that anything is going on. She’s so busy with the wedding and the factory that it doesn’t cross her mind. In fact, Carla turning up makes Tina feel worse because Carla’s then really grateful to Tina for stopping Peter from drinking again.
Is Tina’s head telling her one thing and her heart another?
Definitely. She knows it’s completely wrong to fall for a man who is about to get married and who also has so much baggage. She tries to stay away – she makes an effort to avoid him and even suggests backing out of their child-minding deal. But she just can’t help the way he makes her feel. Tina feels things she’s never felt before when Peter’s around and she literally can’t help herself.
Would she like him to marry her instead?
She hasn’t even thought about that – she’s just desperate to have him and would like more than anything for him to choose to be with her.
If Peter does marry Carla, will Tina be jealous?
It would kill her. I don’t know whether she’d be able to stay around and watch their marriage unfold. The thought of being the ‘other woman’ pains her so much but I think the thought of not being near him at all hurts her even more.
So how does she feel on the morning of the wedding?
Tina’s anxious and really nervous about how the day is going to pan out. She doesn’t know how it’s going to make her feel and how she’ll cope if Peter does go through with it and marry Carla. She’s on absolute pins as she waits for him and Carla turn up for the wedding.
You’ve a few months to go yet, but how are you feeling about leaving Coronation Street?
Corrie has been such a big and important part of my life, so it was a hard decision but one I thought long and hard about. It’s been my first ever acting job and I’m ready to try new roles now. I will be sad to say goodbye but I’m excited about what the next few months hold for Tina. I have every faith in the writers to give Tina a fitting send off.