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MetiNews.Com - Harriet Bibby has been cast as the new Summer Spellman
Breaking News ! Harriet Bibby says she's always looked young for her age, and she's expecting to be asked for proof of age even more so now that she's playing teenager Summer Spellman in Corrie. The 22-year-old from Wigan has landed a dream job in her favourite soap playing 16-year-old Summer. The role was recast after Matilda Freeman, who was the same age as the character, decided to leave the soap. She explained: "It doesn't feel that bizarre. "I still feel like a kid and I do have a baby face, and she's had a difficult past which has made her more mature." Harriet as Summer (Image: ITV/Coronation Street) She added: "I've always had to have ID on me and I'll have to carry it with me even more now." Harriet is excited to be taking over the character now that Summer has finished school. She recently returned from her grandmother Geraldine's to discover that her former guardian Todd Grimshaw had returned to Weatherfield after being on the run. "It would be lovely to see her get stuck into more emotional storylines," she said. "I'd like to see her grow as a person. She's not had an easy life so far." Harriet with Gareth Pierce as Todd Grimshaw and Daniel Brocklebank as Billy Mayhew (Image: ITV/Coronation Street) Harriet, represented by Red Door Management based at The Greenhouse Media CityUK and Covent Garden, London, was spotted by her agent Jess Bell at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in Wigan. Jess said: "Harriet is so hard working and passionate and really deserves this amazing opportunity. "I am so proud of her and can’t wait to see her on our screens." Harriet, who watched Coronation Street with her family while growing up, said: “When I got the call from my agent saying I’d got the role I just burst into tears. I was so over the moon and couldn’t believe it. It was such an amazing feeling knowing that I was going to be joining my favourite TV soap." Harriet making her Corrie debut as Summer (Image: ITV) She added: “I was so excited and nervous for my first day - I just wanted to make a good impression. Everyone was so welcoming and I felt comfortable straight away. "Filming is different at the minute, obviously.
. "I’m having a blast meeting everyone and making friends with the fabulous cast and crew. We are all one big family." Harriet, who has filmed a guest role in the Sky One series Brassic which airs next year and appeared on Doctors BBC earlier this year, says it's been surreal walking on to the Corrie set. "Filming has been incredible," she said.
Summer was played by Malilda Freeman for three years
“Being on the cobbles that I’ve watched for so many years on television is like walking into a story book. "Obviously filming is very different at the minute due to COVID, and ITV are taking the necessary precautions so we are all comfortable and safe. "Meeting some of the Corrie legends has been very surreal and I’m loving every minute of it." Harriet, who is now based in Manchester, has been enjoying her scenes with Daniel Brocklebank, who plays her guardian Billy Mayhew, Peter Ash, who plays his partner Paul Foreman and Gareth Pierce who plays Billy's ex Todd. "It was a strange feeling to come in as an already existing character but because I watched the show it felt like I knew their relationship," she said. "I'm so lucky to be working with Daniel, Peter and Gareth."
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Asked what it's like to join her favourite soap she laughed: "I'm struggling not to call them by their character names.
"When I was growing up my whole family loved Tracy and Steve and the whole Tracy and Steve dynamic. You can't help but laugh.
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"I've always watched Corrie, sitting down with my family at 7.30pm, so to star in it is a dream." Sadly because of lockdown Harriet couldn't watch her debut scenes on Friday with her family and friends, so instead the marked the occasion with a video call, and she was sent cake and champagne to celebrate. "I've been filming since late September and I kept saying to Daniel ' it doesn't feel real.' "And he said when I'm on screen that's when it will sink in. It was surreal."