Coronation Street: Tyrone walks out on Fiz
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Paula Lane, 34, left Coronation Street seven years ago, after the production moved from Manchester to Salford. Now, the former soap actress has admitted she felt the programme lost some of its “magic” after it left its old stomping ground.
It just had so much history and magic to it
Paula, who played Kylie Platt in the ITV show for six years, claims bosses made a mistake transferring filming out of central Manchester.
She said: “I absolutely loved it at the old set and genuinely believe if we hadn’t moved I might have stayed, because from a personal point of view getting to work was so much easier when we were in the centre of Manchester.
“I don’t know, it gave so much scope for filming when we did move because the sets were bigger. But I feel like it did lose a little bit. It just had so much history and magic to it.
“When you were at the original set at Granada, you were aware that so many people had physically walked on those cobbles.
“You had all the stories about people’s dressing rooms and if there was a ghost. It was authentic, it was the real deal there,” she added to The Sun.
The actress left the show in 2014 for maternity leave and was hoping to do the same when pregnant with her second child in 2016.
However, the production decided to kill off her character which caused a source of contention for the star.
Kylie was murdered by Clayton Hibbs (played by Callum Harrison) while trying to protect her friend Gemma Winter (Dolly Rose Campbell).
Talking to the Soap From The Box podcast, Paula said: “I didn’t ask to be killed off.
“That decision was made for me. I was up for maybe having Penny [her daughter] and then coming back for a bit and then going again.
“But I think they felt it muddied the water a bit and they wanted a clean exit.
“Across the board, they were quite split about it, the writers were very torn. It was Stuart Blackburn who made the call, he was the producer at the time.
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“I was so shocked, I was heartbroken. I really didn’t see that coming and I think the audience was equally shocked.
“It’s just the way the cookie crumbles, I guess,” she added.
Paula revealed that even now she gets stopped by fans of the soap who miss her character on the cobbles.
She continued: “Even now I still get people saying, ‘Oh I loved her’.
“People get angry about it even now.
“I’m just like, ‘I don’t know why they did that, but they did’.”
Paula is married to actor Tom Shaw and the pair have two children together – Arthur and Penny.
Coronation Street airs on ITV weekdays at 7.30pm.
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