Coronation Street: find out who Phelan’s daughter also auditioned to play

Nicola Thorp could have been another cobbles character...


Coronation Street newcomer Nicola Thorp makes her debut tomorrow (11 June) as Nicola Rubinstein, long-lost daughter of evil Pat Phelan. Appearing as a caring case worker for teen tearaway Seb Franklin who embarks on an apprenticeship with builder Pat, neither Nicola nor Phelan will realise they are father and daughter just yet – as Phelan has no idea this love child even exists.


But the actress (and campaigner for employee discrimination) has revealed this isn’t the first time she’s been considered for a role on the cobbles.

Speaking in her first interview on the Coronation Street set since the announcement of her casting, Thorp told us: “This is the second time I’ve auditioned for Corrie – I was screen tested for Kate Connor two years ago.

“In the scene I had to throw a set of keys down on the Rovers bar, but I was so nervous on the day I threw them so hard they flew off the edge!

“I was so starstruck as I love Corrie and have watched it since I was a kid. All my family are big fans.

“This time round for the role of Nicola I was a lot calmer. I screen tested with Connor McIntyre, who plays Phelan, and he really put me at ease, asking how he could help me with my performance. Such a generous guy.”

The role of Kate eventually went to Faye Brookes, of course, who went on to win Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards. Could Thorp make Nicola a future fan favourite? 

You can read the rest of our in-depth interview with Thorp here, in which she also teases how discovering he has a daughter will change Phelan, and how her high-profile campaign against wearing high heels to work helped channel her inner Corrie heroine. 

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Coronation Street below.


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