Saturday, 9 January 2016

Did Carla Connor marry her cousin?

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog November 2015, reposted to this blog with permission.)

With the news that Jonny Connor is going to turn out to be Carla's biological dad, some of the tabloids this week have carried the shock! horror! story that it'll mean an incest storyline on Coronation Street.

Not so.

If Jonny does indeed turn out to be Carla's real dad, this means that Carla married her third cousin when she wed Paul Connor. She also lusted after and had a fling with Paul's brother Liam, who was also her third cousin. 

ITV have confirmed to us here at the Coronation Street Blog that the family tree we've drawn up showing that Carla is third cousins (and not second cousins) with Paul, Liam and Michelle Connor is the family tree model they have used too. 

As marriage between cousins is legal in the UK, it means that there isn't an incest storyline coming up in Corrie.  Whether it makes a good storyline remains to be seen.

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