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'Coronation Street' Michelle Keegan: 'Tina is desperate to have Peter'

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Michelle Keegan as Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street

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Michelle Keegan as Tina McIntyre



Coronation Street barmaid Tina McIntyre will be on tenterhooks as she attends Peter Barlow and Carla Connor's wedding next week.

Struggling with unexpected feelings for Peter (Chris Gascoyne), an emotional Tina holds out hope that he won't go through with the vows as the ceremony unfolds. Will Tina get her wish?

Here, Michelle Keegan - who plays Tina - offers her thoughts on her character's complicated love life.

How does Tina feel about child-minding Peter's son Simon?
"At first, and even at this stage, Tina loves looking after Simon. She's good at it and they get on so well. Simon completely dotes on Tina and I think she likes the fact that she's found something she's good at aside from working in the pub.

"Tina does genuinely care about Simon, like when she found out about Faye and Grace bullying him, she was really concerned for him. When things start to heat up between her and Peter, she tells him it might be best that she doesn't mind Simon anymore, but I think it really hurts her to have to suggest that."

Has she ever noticed Peter before she started working for him?
"I don't think he'd even come into her radar until she started her feud against Tracy. At that point she started to see how much they got on and that they had a connection. I don't think she's ever thought about him in that way before now."

Is the situation more intense because of Simon?
"Definitely - it doesn't help that Tina is always around him and I think the fact that Simon loves Tina so much has an impact upon Peter, especially because Simon doesn't have the same bond with Carla. That's why Tina tells him it might be best to stop their agreement, as being around each other seems to be making both of them want each other even more."

Tina listens to Peter.

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Peter and Tina



How would you describe Tina's feelings?
"I don't think Tina's ever felt like this about anyone before. With Tommy, it was always him chasing her and not the other way around. They didn't have the passionate relationship that she can see herself having with Peter.

"There's just something about Peter that really gets to her and she finds herself weakening whenever he's around. It's troubling for her because she feels as though she can't stop it, but she really likes Carla and she's not the sort of girl to do that to another woman."

Where does Carla factor into Tina's thoughts?
"She does like Carla and they really get on, which is why she tells Peter it might be better if their arrangement for Simon comes to an end. Whenever she's near Peter she just feels completely out of control and even though she knows it's wrong because of Carla, she can't help feeling drawn to him."

What happens when Tina goes round to Peter's on the night before the wedding?
"I think Tina goes round to question Peter and ask him if he knows what he's doing getting married. This comes off the back of him telling her that despite how much Carla has done for him, he still isn't happy.

"Tina knows that Peter is drawn to her too, so as much as she knows it's wrong, I think she probably goes round to reinforce that. When she turns up at Peter's door, she finds that he was about to cave in to the bottle. In actual fact it is Tina's arrival that stops him from going back to that place."

Peter spends time with Tina after rowing with Carla.

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Peter spends time with Tina



Does Carla catch them in the flat together?
"Yes, but I don't think Carla has even the slightest suspicion that anything is going on. She's so busy with the wedding and the factory that it doesn't cross her mind. In fact, Carla turning up makes Tina feel worse because Carla's then really grateful to Tina for stopping Peter from drinking again."

Is Tina's head telling her one thing and her heart another?
"Definitely. She knows it's completely wrong to fall for a man who is about to get married and who also has so much baggage. She tries to stay away - she makes an effort to avoid him and, like I said, even suggests backing out of their child-minding deal. But she just can't help the way he makes her feel - Tina feels things she's never felt before when he's around. She literally can't help herself."

What does Liz say when she notices Tina and Peter flirting?
"She repeatedly warns Tina to steer away from Peter. She knows that it's a recipe for disaster and tells Tina she's playing with fire. Tina knows that Liz is right."

Liz sees Peter flirting with Tina.

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Liz sees Peter flirting with Tina.



Would Tina like Peter to marry her instead?
"I don't think she's even thought about that - I think she's just desperate to have him and would like more than anything for him to choose to be with her."

How does Tina feel on the morning of the wedding?
"Tina's anxious. I think she's really nervous about how the day is going to pan out, how it's going to make her feel and how she'll cope if Peter does go through with it and marry Carla. She's on absolute pins as she waits for him and Carla to turn up for the wedding."

We know that Peter and Carla make it down the aisle, but how will Tina feel if Peter does go ahead with the vows?
"It would kill her, I don't know whether she'd be able to stay around and watch their marriage unfold. The thought of being the 'other woman' pains her so much. but I think the thought of not being near him at all hurts her even more."

Coronation Street airs Peter and Carla's wedding episode on Wednesday, December 4 at 7.30pm on ITV.

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