“Until I’m actually on set, I genuinely don’t think it will sink in that I’m joining the cast of Coronation Street. I know it sounds cliched but it really feels like a dream come true. Bethany Platt is going to be such a fun and witty character to play and I hope everyone enjoys her return as much as I’m going to!” – Katie Redford
The 25-year-old actress will debut as tearaway teenager Bethany this spring when she arrives unannounced in Weatherfield from her home in Milan.
“She will be followed shortly afterwards by her furious mum Sarah played by Corrie favourite Tina O’Brien who is determined to drag her wayward daughter back to Italy. But the pair end up staying in Weatherfield causing more than a few headaches for Gail and the rest of the family.” – ITV Granada
Corrie viewers last saw Bethany in 2007 when she moved to Italy with her mum who had landed a job working for Gail’s half brother Stephen Reid in Milan.
“Now 14 years old, Bethany has been studying at an english speaking school and has a fiery relationship with her mum, and an eye for the boys!” – ITV Granada
There has been some confusion over Redford’s date of birth, with several online listings stating age and work history deleted in the past twenty four hours; however her CV lists her date of birth as March 2nd 1989. She also posted photographs of her 25th birthday celebrations online last year. ITV.com bills Redford as 19.
The actress and writer made her film debut in 2004 and has most recently featured in movie Urban Hymn.