Coronation Street legend Sue Nicholls has opened up about her awkward fan encounter with a concerned viewer in Sainsbury’s who warned her about her evil son Stephen Reid.
Over the past few weeks, ITV fans have been gripped to the long-running soap desperately holding out for the cobbles killer (played by Todd Boyce) to receive the cold hand of justice.
Since he joined the show in 2021, his character has taken the lives of Teddy and Leo Thompkins and his business associate Rufus.
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In Wednesday’s episode (October 11), his mum Audrey (played by Sue) finally finds out the truth about her beloved son stealing all the equity in her house.
His doting mum is shocked to discover that her golden child could do such a thing, but she is far from learning that he is also a murderer. Now, as the police close in on the Canadian killer, his on-screen mother has revealed how fans have continually reached out to warn her about her killer son.
In a new interview, the award-winning actress has opened up about the audience reaction to the gripping storyline. But it hasn’t always been easy, as she shared one awkward fan encounter she had while doing her weekly shop.
Sue explained: “Some people are still telling me he is up to no good and Audrey should see him for what he is. The people I know best when I go shopping in Sainsbury’s tell me to be careful and I assure them that I am being.
“I think they will be very worried this week, I have been telling them to keep watching as his behaviour is going to get very worrying. The funny thing is that Todd started shopping there too and they tell me, ‘Your son has been in’.”
Luckily, the actress takes their messages of concern on the chin and continues to reassure her loyal fans. The soap star went on: “I always reassure them that he is adorable in real life. They are very kind and I never give anything away as that would ruin it.
“What is so lovely about it is the public are talking about it and that is what we want. A villain like Stephen elevates it and gets people engaged so I know they will be gripped this week and worried about Audrey and they should be worried, finding out the truth is not going to end well for her!”
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But Audrey isn’t the only character viewers need to be concerned about after Tim Metcalfe was attacked by Stephen and locked in the boot of his car before he doused it in petrol. When asked if viewers should be concerned for the taxi driver, he teased: “I think so, yeah.
“I like the fact that we don’t know what’s going on with Tim after Monday’s episode (October 9) and we focus on the story with the Platts instead. I like the fact that we don’t know where he is. You almost forget about him. So I think the audience should be very worried for Tim.”
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8pm on ITV1 or catch up on ITVX
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