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Corrie’s Millie Gibson says Manc accent key to winning role of tearaway Kelly

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Millie Gibson one day hopes to make it in Hollywood, but right now her thoughts are only on Corrie as her character, Kelly Neelan, faces life in prison if convicted of murder

Millie plays Kelly Neelan, the tearaway daughter of murdered bailiff Rick

Now then… actress Millie Gibson was buzzin’ when she joined Corrie – and says Manc twang helped her beat well-spoken rivals to the role.

The 17-year-old was left mithering at auditions to play Kelly Neelan, the tearaway daughter of murdered bailiff Rick.

Millie trained at the Oldham Theatre Workshop from 11 and has a natural northern accent. But screen teen Kelly attended private school and Millie feared she might have to fettle some pronunciations.

She explains: “There were lots of girls in the waiting room that looked nothing like me.

“They were all quite well-spoken and I’ve got a bit of a Manc twang in my voice so I was a bit like, ‘Oh no, am I going to have to play her in a different way?’



If convicted, Kelly will end up in prison for life
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“But in the end I didn’t because my take on Kelly was while she was a private schoolgirl, I knew she did not quite fit in as the rest of them. So I think not having that well-spoken, posh put-together voice worked quite well.”

Despite her tender age, Millie has been at the centre of one of Coronation Street ’s most tragic storylines – the murder of Seb Franklin, based on the real-life hate crime killing of Sophie Lancaster, 20, in a park in 2007.









Kelly will be seen standing trial during this week’s episodes. And Millie feels privileged to be at the heart of the tale.

She adds: “It’s daunting because it’s such a big pressure to get it right because it was based on a crime that happened – and I think everyone involved has done such an amazing job. I feel very honoured and very lucky to be part of it.”



She one day hopes to make it in Hollywood, but right now, her only thoughts now are staying at Corrie




The young star got her break in 2018 ITV drama Butterfly, playing Lily Duffy alongside Anna Friel – who has become a mentor to Millie.

The teen explains: “Butterfly was such a beautiful show to work on. Anna’s lovely and she taught me a lot.

“Everything she wanted to achieve in the scene she achieved, so she was very determined in that sense and it was really amazing watching her work.

“I think everything that she brought to the set and what I observed from my experience in every job I have done I have always taken with me.”

Millie lives at home with mum Paula and dad Paul. And while she one day hopes to make it in Hollywood, her only thoughts now are staying at Corrie.

The truth is, she’s mad fer it.



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