CORONATION Street star Julia Goulding has landed a bumper new contract.
The actress – who plays Shona Ramsey in the ITV soap – has wowed bosses with her performance over the last year as the waitress has struggled to help boyfriend David Platt through his rape ordeal.
Rex Features Julia has signed up for a third year on the cobbles[/caption]
And now The Sun Online can reveal how the actress has signed a new deal to keep her on the cobbles for another year.
A source said: “Shona’s become one of the street’s most beloved characters and Julia’s one of the show’s biggest talents so it was a no brainer to keep her.”
The actress joined the show in 2016 as a runaway fleeing evil abuser Nathan Curtis who later targeted Bethany Platt. She was also revealed as the mother of Kylie Platt’s killer Clayton Hibbs.
As well as Julia, three other members of the Platt family have landed deals with Julia’s on-screen partner Jack P. Shepherd signing a bumper new pay deal and Lucy Fallon and Tina O’Brien being offered new deals.
Julia has won acclaim for her portrayal of Shona as she tried to support David through his rape ordeal
The pair have been hailed as the new Jack and Vera
Lucy, 22, plays teenager Bethany Platt in the soap, with 35-year-old Tina playing her on-screen mum, Sarah.
Lucy impressed fans and critics alike with her performance as sexual abuse victim Bethany – picking up a string of awards off the back of the hard-hitting story, including Best Actress at the British Soap Awards.
Now she and Tina have signed up for another year on the show.
A source told the Mail: “Lucy has been a great addition to the cast and her performances have been amazing.
Lucy and Tina play mother and daughter in the ITV soapITV
Lucy wowed show bosses with her harrowing performance as teen grooming victim BethanyITV
“She’s been a massive hit with the audience since she joined and has picked up some major accolades for her acting skills throughout the Bethany storylines.
“Her performances have been top drawer and a new deal is well-deserved.
“Tina’s return has also been well-received and the mother and daughter work well together.
“The executives are also well-aware that they need some glamour in the show and want to guard against people deciding to leave at the same time when their contracts are up so they were both offered new deals at the earliest opportunity.”
Bethany was groomed by evil Nathan CurtisRex Features
Lucy won a British Soap Award for her work earlier this yearRex Features
Lucy joined the ITV soap in 2015, with Tina making her return at the same time.
Lucy’s biggest storyline to date saw her manipulated and assaulted by groomer Nathan Curtis and his gang.
He originally came across as an encouraging and likeable character, but that soon faded as viewers discovered he was part of a grooming ring.
Tina plays Bethany’s mum, Sarah
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After encouraging Bethany to start posting make-up tutorials online, Nathan started a relationship with the vulnerable teen, which led to her being raped repeatedly by various men.
After enduring months of abuse at the hands of her twisted boyfriend Nathan and his sick friends, Bethany finally managed to escape their clutches.
The troubled character bravely testified against Nathan and two of his accomplices in court and all three men were sent to prison.
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