Coronation Street: Sarah catches Bethany self harming, reveals Tina O’Brien

"It dawns on Sarah how deep Nathan has drawn Bethany into his web," says the Corrie star

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A horrified Sarah Platt will catch daughter Bethany attempting to self harm in next week’s Coronation Street when the vulnerable teen’s plan to flee with Nathan goes awry.

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Upcoming scenes find Bethany attempting to locate her passport, only for Sarah to realise what she’s looking for. Having thought Bethany was finally seeing sense, the realisation that she’s still in Nathan’s thrall comes as a bitter blow to Sarah.

But then comes the shock moment when Sarah discovers Bethany about to burn herself with a cigarette (in order to give herself a matching injury to the one Nathan has already administered). With Bethany saying that she deserves to be in pain because she’s let Nathan down, just what can Sarah do? Here, actress Tina O’Brien reveals all about the latest Platt-focused drama and where this controversial storyline is headed:

So, how does Sarah react when she finds out what Nathan has been doing to Bethany?
Sarah’s heartbroken and devastated, especially as deep down she’s always had a dark instinct that there’s something not quite right with their relationship. But she’s always pushed that to one side as she didn’t want to lose Bethany by pushing her away.

What’s her initial instinct of how to fix this situation?
Sarah’s at a loss. Now she feels she’s failed as a mother, but this isn’t a black and white situation.

What happens when she and Gary talk to Bethany?
Sarah and Gary are trying to get through the reality of the situation to Bethany, but she won’t listen to them. She keeps defending Nathan’s actions as she’s so blinded by what she thinks is love. It’s frustrating and terrifying for Sarah to see her daughter this way.  

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At one point, we see Neil come round to the house to talk to Bethany – is Sarah suspicious of him at all?
At this point, Sarah thinks that Bethany and Nathan have split, so when Neil comes to the house she’s pleased that Bethany looks like she’s finally opening up to someone.

How does she react when she finds Bethany looking for her passport?
It completely throws her. She was so relieved when it looked like Bethany was making a breakthrough, so she has no idea where this sudden change in her has come from. She’s horrified.

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Can you talk us through the scene where Sarah finds Bethany about to self-harm?
Audrey spots the burn mark on Bethany’s arm and tries to comfort her by saying that Nathan will be a distant memory soon. But later Sarah finds Bethany trying to burn her other arm with a cigarette as she thinks she’s let Nathan down. It dawns on Sarah how deep Nathan has drawn Bethany into his web.

Are you glad that Sarah now knows what’s going on so you can become more involved in this plot?
I’m very privileged to be a part of this storyline because it’s so important to make people aware of the dangers that are out there. Lucy [Fallon] is doing a fantastic job – it’s such a big storyline to take on, but she’s doing brilliantly.

Will Sarah blame herself for this?
She definitely feels that she hasn’t protected Bethany and, as a mother, that’s your job. So I do think there is guilt there.

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What else is coming up for Sarah in the coming weeks?
Sarah now has an awareness of what Nathan is up to, but Bethany is still under his spell, so she’s trying to help her come to terms with what has happened and protect her from this man who Bethany still feels that she’s in love with.

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