AE: Sophie Webster has been a character on the show for a long time and Kevin and Sally’s (her parents) initial reactions to Sophie’s sexuality were very different. Sally’s "Mary Queen of Shops" comment was brilliant! What did you think of the episode?
BV: I thought when Sally said the thing about having no dungarees in the house that was very funny! I think the writers are really clever because they use the humour so well. If they weren’t lighthearted at points then this story could become a bit heavy.
SP: A lot of people watch certain things on telly and think it’s the truth so if the writers had made Sally and Kevin go mad and be really horrible to Sophie and Sian then it could have made a lot of young people too scared to come out. So I think that episode was great because it just dealt with it with the type of humour Coronation Street has always had.
AE: A lot of people have told us how impressed they have been with the quality of both your acting – is it hard to get into character and really understand the emotions they are trying to deal with?
SP: I think that it helps that we are actually really good friends. It helps to just wake up in the morning and go to work with your friend. The characters we play are pretty much based on us and the only different thing is that they have taken a slightly different route with their sexuality.
AE: So, do you think that being such good friends helps you play this relationship better?
BV: We try to bring in things that we do and say to each other in real life into our characters because our bond means it’s like a mini relationship we have anyway. We won’t pretend that it’s always daisies, we do sometimes argue like normal friends do!
AE: Do you think Sophie and Sian’s relationship has the potential to be the new Naomily? How do feel about being ‘Siophie’?
SP: I think we’re already there! [Laughs] I think it is quite different because we come as a pair these days on the show and as friends in real life so we feel like the people who are fans of ours are, in a way, fans of our real friendship which is really nice.
"Coronation Street" is on ITV1 on Mondays at 7:30pm & 8:30pm, Thursdays at 8:30pm, Fridays at 7:30pm & 8:30pm and Sundays at 7:30pm
"Great LezBritain" authors Sarah, a Londoner, and Lee, a Glaswegian, met in a gay discotheque one bleak mid winter, eight years ago and have been shacked up together ever since. When not watching Tipping The Velvet, they find time to write, run a PR company, DJ at their own club nights and love a bit of jam on toast. Follow them on Twitter at greatlezbritain.