Coronation Street fans were left shocked and disappointed after Ellie Leach’s exceptional debut on Strictly Come Dancing last night. The actress, who played Faye Windass on the ITV soap for 12 years, was reportedly axed earlier this year following a series of depressing storylines.
Throughout her tenure on the show, Faye endured a string of miserable events, including a lengthy prison sentence, sexual assault, accidentally attacking someone, and going through early menopause. Overall, her character’s life was filled with hardship and tragedy.
However, Ellie Leach’s performance on Strictly was a complete departure from her on-screen persona. She impressed both the judges and viewers, landing joint second on the leaderboard. Fans were quick to express their frustration with Coronation Street bosses for not utilizing Ellie’s talents and making her character so consistently miserable.
One fan tweeted, “That showed that they did her dirty at #Corrie. Why’d they make Faye so miserable when Ellie’s fun IRL?” Another fan said, “Tbh it was just nice to see Ellie smile after playing the most miserable character on earth for the last 15 years on #corrie. She did brilliantly!”
The stark contrast between Ellie’s performance on Strictly and her character on Coronation Street left fans floored. Many were surprised by her dancing skills and predicted that she could be a dark horse in the competition.
Ellie’s success on Strictly has reignited the discussion about the portrayal of her character on Coronation Street. Fans believe that Ellie’s fun personality should have been reflected in Faye’s character, instead of constantly burdening her with misery.
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8 pm on ITV, while Strictly returns next Saturday at 6.20 pm. Fans can’t wait to see more of Ellie’s incredible dancing skills and hope that she will continue to shine on the dance floor.
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