coronation street star Sue Nicholls has provided some insight into the future of her character Audrey Roberts.
Last month, Audrey’s problems with alcohol worsened when she stumbled to work after polishing a bottle of wine, leaving her family extremely concerned.
Audrey then stumbled into a motorcycle, knocking herself over, forcing her to scream for help all night. The next morning, her son Stephen Reid returned to Weatherfield just in time to learn that his mother was in trouble.
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What awaits Audrey in the future?
“She will continue to struggle, she has always worked and it was a big part of her life and she misses seeing different people and being outside,” Nicholls teased.
“Now the family is fighting over her will, which gives her a real sense of her own mortality and that’s not a nice thing to think about. Stephen is there to support her, but he has other things in his life and she doesn’t want to. keep him from his businesses.
“There’s a lot more to come in this storyline and I really hope it will resonate and get people talking about their own circumstances.†
Nicholls also hinted at the tensions in Audrey’s relationship with daughter Gail, despite their love for each other.
“They’re such different personalities. Gail has more of her dad’s personality, she’s always concerned, everything is on the gloomy side for Gail, while Audrey has a more positive vibe,” she said.
“But there are the best moments when you can see how much they care about each other.”
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The actress added that Audrey feels the family “treats her like a child” about her drinking, “and as someone who was unable to make her own decisions”.
“She realized why she was so upset about it when she had the conversation with Rita who is also very independent and made it clear to her that they shouldn’t be treating her that way,” Nicholls continued, citing numerous occasions where the family had told Audrey to slow down, including her cataract surgery and the moment she hit Rita’s car.
“She found it irritating and especially when they kept telling her not to drink and put it all down to it, so sometimes she did it to annoy them because she was frustrated,” she added.
Nicholls said that instead of the storyline being about Audrey having a drinking problem as such, she sees it as a situation where she fears losing her independence as she gets older.
“She created a bigger problem when she got tipsy in the salon, fired everyone and got stuck under the bike, making them think they were right, when in fact she was forced to act that way by her frustrations with them,” she explained.
Meanwhile, Nicholls also delved deeper into Audrey’s fears of getting older.
“Audrey is a very independent woman and she struggles to accept that she might need a little help and the problem is they’ve gone too far. She wants to be in her own house on Grasmere Drive and not sleep in one of the kiddies’ beds in the house of David,” she said.
“She doesn’t sneak home to drink, she wants to relax and watch her own TV and maybe have a glass of wine, but they don’t think she can do that and she’s angry about it.
“She’s healthy and has full mental capacity and she knows there may come a time when she can’t take care of herself, but she’s not there yet.”
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