Katie Redford had not filmed any scenes before being dropped from the soap
Producers of Coronation Street have dropped actress Katie Redford, after claims she lied about her age to win a part as a 14-year-old.
ITV announced Redford was joining the soap last week, playing the role of Bethany Platt, granddaughter to Gail McIntyre.
A press release, issued on Friday, described the actress as 19.
But fans on showbiz site Digital Spy found evidence, including a CV, suggesting she was actually 25.
A spokeswoman for the actress later confirmed she auditioned “as a 19-year-old”.
Producers only became aware of the discrepancy at the weekend, after the discussion gained momentum online.
As a result, ITV announced on Monday morning: “Coronation Street have taken the decision to recast the part of Bethany Platt”.
It is understood that producers have another actress in mind for the role, and there will not be a new audition process.
The character of Bethany was last seen in 2007 when she moved to Italy with her mother, Sarah Louise.
Bethany was previously played by three child actors – Mia Cookson and Amy and Emily Walton.
The teenager’s reappearance paves the way for the return of Tina O’Brien, 31, who plays 27-year-old Sarah Louise.
‘Dream come true’
In its press release last week, ITV said Bethany would be returning to the soap as a regular character.
The statement continued: “Nottingham-born Katie, 19, will debut as tearaway teenager Bethany this spring when she arrives unannounced in Weatherfield from her home in Milan.”
It also contained a quote from Redford who said the role was “a dream come true”.
“Until I’m actually on set, …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment