According to a BBC person, “It’s common practice to recast actors employed as children to take on more challenging adult storylines.” This is undeniably true – there are loads of examples on Corrie of characters who’ve gone away for a couple of weeks only to reappear as entirely different actors (Nick Tilsley, Amy Barlow, Tracy Barlow, Rosie Webster… etc).
But I’m sad that Melissa Suffield has been chosen for this treatment (not as sad as Melissa is, reportedly), because I enjoy her work as the stroppy, feisty spawn of Ian Beale. Lucy’s one of my favourite characters, because she comes across like a real teenager in the sense that she seems perfectly poised between being scarily sensible and mature, and being a complete nut-job.
I’m not sure I want to know what the new, mature storylines the scriptwriters have in mind for Lucy Beale if they think that Melissa, who handled her recent pregnancy/abortion storyline with perfect aplomb, couldn’t handle them. There are rumours that she’s a bit of a handful off-set, which may be the real reason why she’s being let go, and that’s a shame.
Meanwhile, Charlie Jones, who plays Ben Mitchell, is also being replaced by a different actor. This is more understandable, as the lad is quite good at being camp-slash-evil, but not terribly good at realistic acting. Ben will leave the Square and, when he returns, he’ll have a different face and no-one will notice. Poor Charlie is said to be “inconsolable.”
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