Angela Griffin has revealed that her Coronation Street character Fiona Middleton could conceivably return to Weatherfield – with Steve McDonald’s baby in tow.
“My idea for a return storyline – if I were to go back – was that I’d have been pregnant by Steve when I left. And I could then return with the child,” the actress tells RadioTimes.com.
Griffin – who left the soap in 1998 after a six-year stint – is set to join Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox on the new series of Lewis, which begins on ITV next week.
But she would also like to do a Corrie cameo as part of a line-up of Steve McDonald’s (Simon Gregson) former love interests, who include the likes of Karen (Suranne Jones) and Becky (Katherine Kelly).
“We should all turn up one day in a stretch limo. I just thought it would be good to see them all step out one by one,” she jokes.
Recalling her days in Coronation Street, Griffin feels that the period coincided with a step change in the way soap stars were treated by the press.
“It was around my time in Corrie that interest in people’s private lives really cranked up,” she says. “Suddenly it was like, ‘forget the royals, let’s do TV royalty’. When I first joined Corrie, we weren’t allowed to give anything to press – it had to absolutely be something to do with the character.
“And then, just as a I left, people started doing bloody calendars! I think there was a massive shift and I left on the tail end of that.”
The new series of Lewis begins on Friday 10 September at 9pm on ITV