Model Melissa re­turn­ing to Cor­rie

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

CORO­NA­TION Street is set to be rocked by the re­turn of Imo­gen Pas­coe this Christ­mas.

Feisty Imo­gen, played by Melissa Johns, struts back to Weather­field as part of a sto­ry­line in­volv­ing the newly en­gaged Kate Con­nor and Rana Nazir.

Melissa reprises her role as Imo­gen as the re­la­tion­ship hits a rocky patch, with Kate hell­bent on be­com­ing a mum while Rana is un­sure.

Bistro boss Robert Pre­ston is re­port­edly lined up as a sperm donor for the cou­ple af­ter strug­gling with his fi­ancee Michelle Con­nor’s re­luc­tance to have an­other child.

Imo­gen pre­vi­ously ran­kled Rana when she dated Kate, played by Faye Brookes, and Rana was se­cretly har­bour­ing a crush on her best friend which turned to love. She was last seen on our screens last Oc­to­ber and is set to re­turn to the show in December.

New pho­tos showed Imo­gen’s char­ac­ter head­ing out for Christ­mas drinks in scenes filmed at Vel­vet bar in Canal Street, look­ing stylish in a ‘Glam’ slo­gan T-shirt and a snazzy elec­tric blue biker jacket, leather-look trousers and an­kle boots.

In May, Melissa posed for an em­pow­er­ing pho­to­shoot to chal­lenge per­cep­tions of dis­abil­ity and to show peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties are beau­ti­ful and sexy and should be used in fash­ion cam­paigns.

The Manch­ester model and ac­tress, who was born with one arm, teamed up for the shoot with Mod­els Of Di­ver­sity, the cam­paign for more di­ver­sity in mod­el­ling. She says she used to de­spise her body af­ter a cutting comment that stuck with her for years, but now loves her dis­abil­ity.

She was able to change how she felt about her body af­ter see­ing Char­l­ize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road.

She said pre­vi­ously: “See­ing this strong, sexy, badass woman with one arm on the screen made me feel so un­be­liev­ably em­pow­ered that as we left the cin­ema, for the first time in so long I took my cardi­gan off, I ges­tured with both of my arms, I didn’t hide away.

“I was show­ing off my body. Be­cause I knew that the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in that cin­ema had looked at Char­l­ize Theron’s char­ac­ter and had seen what I saw.”

Ear­lier this year dis­abil­ity cam­paigner Melissa shared an in­spi­ra­tional mes­sage af­ter hav­ing pri­vate pho­tos of in­ti­mate mo­ments be­tween her­self and her part­ner leaked on­line by a hacker.

She hit back on so­cial me­dia by say­ing: “It will take a lot more than a few leaked pho­tos to stop me fight­ing for equal­ity and the main­stream rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women of all dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes.”

Melissa pre­vi­ously starred in BBC dra­mas The In­ter­cep­tor, Silk and Ca­su­alty.

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