“Thank you for be­liev­ing in Shona!”

Inside Soap - - THE INSIDE SOAP AWARD 2017 -

All our win­ners are thrilled to bits when they ar­rive to col­lect their Inside Soap tro­phies, but star Ju­lia is so giddy to have been crowned your Best New­comer, you’d think she’d just won the lot­tery!

“I can’t stop smil­ing!” beams the ac­tress, who has been play­ing Weather­field’s

Shona since De­cem­ber last year. “I’ve been a mas­sive fan of Corona­tion Street my whole life, so to get a job on the show and then be named Inside Soap’s Best New­comer…

I’m just pinch­ing my­self!”

Af­ter hit­ting it off with David, plucky Shona was re­vealed to be the mother of killer Clay­ton Hibbs – who mur­dered David’s wife, Kylie. So Ju­lia tells us that she’s even more amazed that you have taken her char­ac­ter into your hearts.

“I re­ally want to thank your read­ers for be­liev­ing in her, es­pe­cially see­ing as she fol­lowed such a huge char­ac­ter as Kylie,” shares the star. “There were some big shoes to fill for David’s next part­ner, so I’m grate­ful that peo­ple have given Shona a chance.

“The mo­ment when David found out that she was Clay­ton’s mum was prob­a­bly one of my favourite mo­ments,” adds Ju­lia. “Jack P Shep­herd [David] and I re­ally con­nected that day, and hon­estly, he is such a laugh to work with. I love film­ing our scenes – but don’t tell him that!”

Shona and David seem to be head­ing for do­mes­tic bliss – but what if a mis­car­riage of jus­tice should re­sult in killer Clay­ton’s re­lease from prison one day?

“Peo­ple have been won­der­ing that since Shona went to live with the Platts, and have been ask­ing me whether Clay­ton will be round for a sleep­over,” re­veals Ju­lia. “It re­ally got me think­ing be­cause Shona is his mother and she loves him at the end of the day, so it’s a mas­sive catch-22 sit­u­a­tion for her. Watch out, David!”

BEST NEW­COMER Ju­lia Gould­ing Shona Ram­sey Corona­tion Street

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