Masked men are to attack Sharon Rickman next week and leave her lifeless on the floor of the Albert. The shock scenes come after Sharon clashes with boyfriend Phil over the running of her bar when he books bar staff without consulting her. But will Phil be able to make things up with Sharon? Or is she destined to meet her maker following the confrontation with the intruders. Here, actress Letitia Dean reveals all about her character’s upcoming trauma…
So, why do Sharon and Phil clash over the running of the Albert?
Phil is part owner and he wants to get involved with helping her out, but she’s quite happy to do it herself. She’s being a bit unfair actually, but she can be a bit bossy like that and she’s also being a bit forgetful of everything he’s done for her.
Why does she get so annoyed about the door staff that Phil employs?
She’s a bit of a snob and it isn’t the sort of vibe she’s going for. She’d rather have something more elegant and she doesn’t want his grease monkeys. She wants to do things her way – she has Johnny helping her out and they are coming up with some nice ideas. She doesn’t like Phil coming in and trying to control things and wants to deal with it all on her own.
Is that why she sends the security men home?
Right from the beginning, she wasn’t keen on Phil’s input. And when she finds the men drinking, it’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back. It gives her an excuse to get rid of them.
Can you talk about the way the bond between Sharon and Johnny is developing?
I absolutely love it. I love working with Sam Strike – he’s such a sweetheart. And I really like that it feels very natural as well. Sharon feels quite motherly towards him because of the stuff he’s going through with his own mother. She is a shoulder to lean on and he feels he’s in safe hands with her. She sees him as her protégé.
So, tell us what happens when Sharon gets attacked?
Sharon and Johnny are closing up. She asks Johnny to be bar manager and they have a nice little drink together to celebrate. He says he’s going upstairs to get his coat. Sharon’s starting to clear up the bar when she suddenly hears this crash and realises the bar is being broken in to. It happens so quickly and it’s quite violent. Johnny’s too terrified to come down because he’s lost in his own fear. And that’s it really – she’s knocked out, bang.
She tries to fight back, though, doesn’t she?
Yes, which I liked, as its very Sharon. She grabs a wine bottle and she whacks one of the thugs in the head, but gets grabbed from behind and is thrown down. But you know, she makes a good effort.
What was it likes doing the scenes where Sharon is lying in hospital?
An absolute joy! It was really nice as I had a lovely comfortable bed; it was really relaxing. It was also quite liberating – it’s nice having no make-up. I loved it. It’s hard to stop your eyes flickering and the tube thing was a bit weird, but I did get my blood pressure taken every scene, which was lovely.
Could Sharon die?
Yes. She’s lifeless on the floor when Johnny finds her. He calls the ambulance and Nancy and Mick come over. She gets rushed in to hospital and it’s very serious.
How will it affect her if she survives the attack?
It was a shocking attack. Very quick and violent. And when you’re caught on the hop like that and very seriously hurt, I think it would take a long time to recover. Emotionally, she would find it hard to trust people and she’d be frightened to get back out in to the world again.