Corrie star reveals final Ray and Debbie showdown

Coronation Street’s Debbie Webster is set to have a final showdown with Ray Crosby (Mark Frost) and actress Sue Devaney has exclusively told that, while Debbie is very nervous, she manages to put things right.

When Debbie returned, supposedly to visit brother Kevin (Michael le Vell), it soon became clear that she was working with Ray on his plans to redevelop the Street.

But Sue told us that as soon as she saw his real dark side, a disgusted Debbie turned on him.

Assuring us that Debbie’s misplaced intentions were good, Sue said in our interview: ‘She didn’t realise what a nasty man he was. You think you know somebody because you have spent so much time with him.

‘She really didn’t know what he was capable of and when she found out what he did to Faye and other women and was repulsed by and ashamed that she played any part of it.

‘She’s very good at going in there and doing what she needs to do – then she will have a stiff drink once she’s left. She’s focusing on what she needs to do.’

However, that doesn’t mean that it comes easy to the feisty Bistro queen.

Sue mused: ‘I think she is very nervous. She does have a heart; the fact that she wanted to make the Street modern was because that was where her roots are. She wanted it bigger and better.

‘But she realised she didn’t need to as you would lose the soul. With her family still there, she feels guilty about what she did. She realised that people make a place not modern buildings. She feels she created the mess with Ray; it’s not all her fault but she wants to make things right in any way she can.’

She may have returned as a bit of a villain but Sue remains defensive of her character and her motivations, despite the underhand way she handled them.

She argued: ‘When she was in cahoots with Ray, she was very business like, wanting to get rid of those cobbles. It was terrible business! My dream was to keep the funny side of her; nobody is just bad are they?

‘I put a lot down actually to her being a certain age, she’s not had kids, she’s going through the menopause and she says and does things she doesn’t really mean and does wacky things.’

We are seeing a much funnier side to Debbie and Sue was excited to play out more fun comedy scenes, playing the light relief in the recent disaster week in the show.

She grinned: ‘Oh yeah, that was terrific, wasn’t it? Really good fun! It was just great, I was jealous of everyone falling down holes left, right and centre – I wanted a go at that! Oh just give me a hole to fall down! (laughs).

‘Ever since Casualty, when I was a paramedic, I got to go out of the hospital so I was lucky. You get out and about and wade through blizzards and driving ambulances really fast. So in Corrie we stood in hail and rain and I felt like I was on one of those Bruce Willis thingies. Debbie Webster with a vengeance.

‘It was great to play that side of it though; the whole of the Street is disappearing through sinkholes and Debbie is just dashing around worrying about her business!’

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