Coronation Street stars Robert James-Collier and Gaynor Faye may be taking on brand new roles in Channel 5's The Inheritance, however the actors have revealed that they swapped stories from their soap days whilst filming the drama.
Gaynor is best known for playing Judy Mallett on the cobbles from 1995 until 1999, while Robert appeared on the show sometime later, starring as Liam Connor from 2006 until the character's untimely death in 2008.
Speaking about filming The Inheritance for Channel 5, Gaynor said: "We were enlightening people with our tales from Corrie – obviously Rob and I didn’t work together, I was quite a long time before him."
“I loved my time on Corrie, it was my teething time on TV. It was in the glory days with Bet Lynch (Judie Goodyear) and Sarah Lancashire and Betty Driver. It was iconic," she added.
When asked how he felt about being a Corrie icon, Robert said: "I've never been described as an icon! I don't think I was there long enough to be an icon but I'll take it!"
Gaynor was introduced on the ITV soap as Judy, who'd moved to Weatherfield with her husband Gary (Ian Mercer), and over her four years, she tried to adopt a baby from pregnant Zoe – played by Robert's Downton Abbey co-star Joanne Froggatt.
She made her exit from the show when Corrie killed off Judy, who died from a pulmonary embolism whilst hanging out washing.
Nearly ten years later, Robert joined Coronation Street as Liam Connor – the brother of Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh) – who dated Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson), married Maria Sutherland (Samia Longchambon) and had an affair with Carla (Alison King). He was killed off in 2008, having been run over by a man hired by Tony Gordon (Gray O'Brien).
Channel 5's The Inheritance stars Robert, Gaynor and Jemima Rooper as shocked siblings who learn that their late father – played by Larry Lamb – has left them out of his will.
With questions over their father’s mysterious death and why he’s left his wealth to a woman they’ve never met, it’s not long before the siblings turn on each other in their quest for answers.
The Inheritance airs on Monday 4th September at 9pm on Channel 5
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