Corona­tion Street star Kate Ford tells why she be­lieves Steve and Tracy can fi­nally be happy to­gether.

Although Steve Mc­Don­ald is just 44, he has been mar­ried seven times al­ready (and twice to the same bride) on Corona­tion Street. So af­ter his lat­est wed­ding, to Tracy Bar­low again (above), will the fu­ture be any brighter for Steve and his new wife this tim

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Corona­tion Street’s Steve Mc­Don­ald and Tracy Bar­low have had one of the rock­i­est re­la­tion­ships in the his­tory of the soap – and given some of the stormy cou­ples who have graced the cob­bles over the years, that re­ally is say­ing some­thing.

De­spite a dis­as­trous sec­ond wed­ding and hon­ey­moon, Kate Ford, who plays Tracy, be­lieves the cou­ple can make a suc­cess­ful go of their mar­riage this time around. Her con­fi­dence is built on the foun­da­tion that de­spite ev­ery­thing they have been through, and maybe also partly be­cause of it, their bond is as strong as ever.

“I think they do love each other,” says Ford, “and she (Tracy) thinks it’s fi­nally all come to­gether.”

Tracy could not have been hap­pier in the lead-up to their wed­ding.

“This (mar­ry­ing Steve) is what she’d dreamt about for such a long time,” says Ford. “She has al­ways loved Steve ... She re­ally be­lieves this is their time.”

How­ever, it looked like their mar­riage had im­ploded al­most as soon as it had started when, on their wed­ding day, Tracy found out Steve (Si­mon Greg­son) had slept with Leanne – again. Af­ter their first one-night stand, Leanne fell preg­nant and gave birth to a boy, who was named Oliver.

Steve ad­mit­ted he hooked up with Leanne for a sec­ond time only be­cause he thought Tracy had given him a “free pass”. Clearly, she hadn’t. Ford said the free-pass sit­u­a­tion re­ally was “a fi­asco” for the cou­ple.

“She (Tracy) found out that Steve mis­read her in­ten­tion and ac­tu­ally thought she was giv­ing him free rein to sleep with some­body else. But then she thought, ‘Surely not. Not even Steve could be that stupid’.” Oh, yes he could.

Steve does OK in the busi­ness

world (Street­cars is still run­ning suc­cess­fully) but when it comes to women and re­la­tion­ships, he can be a walk­ing dis­as­ter zone.

Although Steve and Tracy went on their hon­ey­moon to­gether, Tracy made Steve pay by leav­ing him alone in the desert and mak­ing him find his own way back to Weather­field.

Ford is de­light­fully un­der­stated when she says of their lat­est mar­riage, “It doesn’t get off to the best of starts”.

How­ever, the hu­mil­i­a­tion of Steve and his pun­ish­ment seems to have mended a lot of bridges between the cou­ple. And with their daugh­ter Amy hav­ing drawn up a fam­ily con­tract that they all have to abide by, it may have even pulled them closer to­gether.

“Tracy’s con­fi­dent that she and Steve are now in a good place and she’s re­ally happy,” says Ford.

It seems that Steve and Tracy may be des­tined to be to­gether for a good while yet, a fact that Ford is de­lighted with.

“I’m re­ally en­joy­ing Steve and Tracy be­ing back to­gether and play­ing the hu­mour in their re­la­tion­ship,” she says.

“We have such a laugh to­gether. That’s where I’m hap­pi­est – play­ing the com­edy stuff with Si­mon. I’ve also had some great scenes with Bev (Cal­lard/Liz Mc­Don­ald) re­cently.”

Ford is well aware there will al­ways be flare-ups between Steve and Tracy as volatil­ity is at the core of their re­la­tion­ship

But be­cause deep down they do re­ally love each, she is con­fi­dent they will stay true to their mar­riage vows ... for a while any­way.

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