Asha Alahan (Tanisha Gorey) has been through hell over the last couple of weeks in Coronation Street, as private pictures of her were circulated online by Kelly Neelan (Millie Gibson), before they ended up on a porn website, and boss Iain MacLeod has revealed that this storyline isn’t finished quite yet.
Iain told Metro.co.uk: ‘It has a way to go – it’s a long term direction for Asha as a struggle with her self esteem.’
In the coming episodes, Nina Lucas (Mollie Gallagher) comes to Asha’s defence, and the pair strike up something of a friendship as a result.
Speaking about the dynamic between the two characters, Ian said: ‘Nina will be a brilliant friend.’
‘Nina is used to people talk about her and look at her and she owns her life and life story. So she is instrumental in helping Asha put herself together mentally.’
‘Dev’s struggle is understandable – this is his little girl. He just wants to wade in when she is in this hellish adult world. He tries his best – with some input from Nina who shifts his attitude to what Asha has done.’
‘It’s an interesting and timely story – part of the story is about the video getting out onto the internet and it’s not going way. Our research has told us that these videos being taken down can take months and years and then they just pop up somewhere else – it’s a real eye opener.’
‘It’s a scary story but hopefully it might give some of the audience pause for thought around hitting record on a video call. Tanisha is such a fantastically good actor and the friendship with Nina is really sweet. As soon as you see them in scenes together, you realise you want to see more’
Coronation Street continues Wednesday 6 May at 7:30pm on ITV.
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