(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog February 2011, reposted to this blog with permission.)
There's a lovely interview in the MEN with the mum of the little baby who plays baby Hope Stape in Coronation Street.
Sadie Pilbury is one of two babies to play Hope and will be seen on screen in the coming weeks when Fiz is finally allowed to bring her home from hospital.
Real life mum Madeline from Stalybridge said: "A very good friend of ours works for Northern Kids theatre company and on the day she was born they said Coronation Street was looking for a baby girl. We weren’t sure at first. We’ve never done anything like this before. We’re not acting people. But when we spoke to the people at Coronation Street we were reassured. They said they usually use twins in case one gets a bit grumbly but they couldn’t find any so they’re using two little girls instead. They do look quite similar. We’ve only just filmed the first few scenes. Because she’s so young there are so many rules and regulations about how many hours she can spend on set – it’s just a few hours a day at the most. You’re always there with her in case there’s a problem but we had no problems at all on the first day, they looked after us so well."
Madeline said she wasn’t a fan before but has had to start watching now. She added: "A lot of my family are really big fans though and they’re so excited. I have to keep pinching myself."