Coronation Street: health blow for Steve could affect his unborn babies, reveals Simon Gregson

But will Steve do the right thing and get tested for Myotonic Dystrophy?

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Steve will be on the receiving end of worrying medical news in next week’s Coronation Street when he discovers that his dad has got Myotonic Dystrophy.

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With the condition being genetic, Steve is left concerned that both he, Amy and his unborn babies could be in danger. The news also comes as a blow to pregnant Michelle and the couple are soon quizzing Rana about how MD could affect the child they’re expecting.

But as Corrie viewers know, Leanne is also pregnant with Steve’s baby and – unbeknownst to Michelle – she’s soon pressuring Steve to get tested. Steve, of course, seems to prefer burying his head in the sand – but will he be forced to get a diagnosis for fear that Leanne could expose his infidelity secret? Actor Simon Gregson tells us more:

So, when did he get the call from Jim about Myotonic Dystrophy? How might it impact on him and his offspring? Is Amy not affected?
He gets a call from Jim who tells him he’s found out he has this condition, so Steve needs to get tested. If Steve has it then the chances are Amy will do too and his babies. But, as usual, Steve reacts oddly and doesn’t want to know. I think he’s just hiding from it – he needs to know if he has this condition but he chooses not to. He doesn’t want to have the test because I think he’s frightened of what they might tell him.

Why does he only tell Michelle about it at the scan?
They’re so overwhelmed that they’re having a baby. And when it comes to the day of the scan and Steve sees the pictures of the baby and how formed it is already, he gets really emotional. That’s when it hits home that this little baby he’s just seen could have this disease and he opens up to Michelle then.

Does he want to keep it secret from Leanne and Nick?
Yeah, I think he’s biding his time until he tells Leanne – he wants to get his own head around it first, and then when he has, he’ll go and tell Leanne and Nick. But unfortunately that gets done for him and he gets in a right mess again.

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What happens when he’s summoned to Leanne and Nick’s flat? What do they want from him?
They want him to take the test but I think a) the fact that they know without him having decided to tell them and b) the fact he’s been summoned there so they can tell him what to do causes Steve to just lose it. He’s been under so much pressure – with Leanne being pregnant with his child then finding out about this disease – that he’s just a guy that’s going to snap at any moment. And he does snap!

Does Michelle put pressure on him to have test? Is he burying his head in the sand?
Michelle does, but she’s not putting too much pressure on Steve. She’s making all the right noises and what she’s saying is making sense. Michelle’s playing the softly, softly game, she knows that if she goes in all guns blazing he’s going to shut down and not go for the test. 

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What’s Leanne’s plan to make sure he has the test?
Leanne’s plan is to ensure Tracy finds out because she knows she’ll try and force Steve to have the test because she’ll want to know about Amy’s chances. It just heaps even more pressure on Steve.

Will Leanne threaten to tell Michelle about her baby? Will his marriage be over if that happens?
Yes, without any doubt. Maybe if he hadn’t run off with Becky behind Michelle’s back then he might have had that one strike to get away with it. But the fact that he’s done it to her before, and the humiliation that would come with everyone knowing it’s Leanne, then I don’t think there’d be any coming back. It wasn’t an affair, they were on a break, he should have been honest from the outset, but this is Steve and now he’s in way too deep. 

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Surely, the rest of his life will now be like this and he’ll be at the mercy of Leanne and Nick, unless they – or Steve and Michelle – move away?
Yes, Nick’s pretty much got Steve over a barrel – and unless they move away, this is it for Steve. 

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