Corrie star reveals fan backlash over 'new' Shona

Julia Goulding has admitted that she is receiving mixed reactions to the new ‘version’ of Shona Ramsey – who has become much more blunt and abrasive since suffering a head injury in Coronation Street.

Shona’s trauma has led to her forgetting her loved ones – including her husband David Platt (Jack P Shepherd) – and some viewers have been vocal about not being able to take to her.

However, Julia is keen to point out that Shona isn’t setting out to be malicious but her behaviour is linked to her injury.

The actress told ‘I’ve had quite a lot! People like what they know and know what they like. It’s been jarring for some, others have been incredibly supportive. Some people love her, some want the old Shona back.

‘It’s early days so I hope the audience will fall back in love with her. She seems nasty but she’s not, it’s because of the brain injury. I’m rooting for her to be taken to people’s hearts again.’

Julia herself is loving playing the role in such a different way – although it doesn’t come without complications as she is often tempted to fall back into her old ways.

She smiled: ‘It’s been a lot of fun it really has. It’s rare for an actor to play a completely different in soap. We did lots of research around Shona’s brain injury. There are a list of symptoms but they are very malleable and some may be more extreme than others. The writing has been fantastic. Where we are now post lockdown.

‘During lockdown, Shona got to know David and the family a lot more. Now comes the fun stuff, she has no filter on her at the moment and that will get her into all kinds of trouble. As serious as it is, we can have some fun with it too.

‘It’s so hard not to slip back into old ways with characters I’ve known from before, even discussing it with the director. I have to remind myself that I don’t know the history of Sarah and Gary or David and Gail.

‘So to not work based on my knowledge on that has been refreshing but quite hard. The writing speaks for itself – it just comes off the page for me, it’s been fairly easy for me in that sense.’

Asked which Shona she prefers playing, Julia mused: ‘I don’t know! The essence of who she is is still there. We are starting to see more of the old Shona come through with no filter. We are now living in this new normal world post lockdown, and I’m kind of getting used to the new normal Shona as well.

‘When I have played her a bit longer, I will probably end up liking playing new Shona better. She’s a bit more scrappy!’

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