Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Coronation Street star looks back at ‘best years of my life’ ahead of exit


After 12 years on the cobblestones, Ellie Leech of Coronation Street quit her job as Faye Windass last month.

Ellie Leech, a star of Coronation Street, said recently that the 12 years she spent portraying troubled teen Faye Windass were the “best years of my life” before leaving the show.

Faye left last month after deciding to be a mother to her daughter Miley Jackson (Frankie-Jae Simmonds) and to rekindle her relationship with her ex-boyfriend Jackson Hodge (played by Joseph William Evans).

The heartbreaking scenes showed Craig Tinker (Colson Smith), her then-fiancé, walking back to their flat alone as she got into a taxi and left him behind.

When asked if she remembered her first scenes while working on the show by Express.co.uk and other media, she said it was the “best” experience of her life.

We were in the home where Faye had been fostered when she said, “I think my first scene was on location.

She was with this woman when Debbie Rush’s character Anna Windass and Steve Huison’s character Eddie Windass arrived with a cake and she said, “I don’t like cake.

“Then, because she was wary of meeting new people, she was like, ‘I don’t want to speak to you, I don’t want to eat your cake,’ and when she warmed up to it, she was like, ‘Can I have some cake now?'”

However, it is crazy to watch because you don’t realize how young and small I was with my little pigtails in and headband.

“It is crazy to reflect on the fact that it was twelve years ago; time has flown by both too quickly and too long. Sincerely, it has been the best experience.

“Everyone here has always made me feel so welcome, and it has just been so lovely, so I can’t thank you all enough.

It has truly been the best years of my life, and I have loved every minute of it.

Ellie mentioned that it was “very emotional” for her to film her final scenes with Colson in the street.

It was extremely emotional, she continued. Naturally, Faye is the one who is leaving the street after 12 years, but I am also leaving the street after 12 years.

“So yeah, I think the most depressing part of the scene is when we see Craig walking up the street by himself in the taxi.

“It was so intensely emotional, and I think you can kind of see that there are two people who do love each other, but love isn’t always enough.”


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