Paula Wilcox has teased a ‘big climax’ to come in Yasmeen and Geoff Metcalfe’s coercive control storyline, as she joined Coronation Street this week.
The actor, 70, plays Tim Metcalfe’s (Joe Duttine) long-lost mother who was also a victim of domestic abuse at the hands of Geoff (Ian Bartholemew) 50 years ago.
She revealed on Lorraine that she was excited to be part of such an incredible storyline: ‘When I was asked to do it I was so thrilled, I immediately started watching Corrie to catch up on the whole Yasmine and Geoff story, and it’s a wonderful story.
‘I was hooked from the moment I started watching. Shelley [King] and Ian are just brilliant. I was so keen to be part of that story.’
She also teased that her character would be part of the conclusion of the storyline, adding: ‘I think so, yeah. There is a big climax coming, for sure.’
Paula’s character, Elaine, had fled from Geoff 50 years ago, leaving her son Tim with him and changing her name.
She confessed that she was in fact Philippa, the first Mrs Metcalfe, who had also been subjected to Geoff’s manipulation and coercive control, just like Yasmeen has been.
The actress spoke out about why the storyline was so important, particularly with cases of domestic violence increasing during lockdown.
She explained: ‘It’s an extraordinarily powerful story, and I hope it does encourage women to know that they’re not alone.
‘But golly, it’s a frightening story to be in with your children or without. To leave your baby behind with somebody like that, out of your own sheer terror, and then wonder for the next 50 years what has happened must be quite devastating.’
Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV.
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