Coronation Street fans have poured praise on actress Lucy Fallon as her character’s sexual grooming storyline reached a new harrowing climax.
Bethany Platt broke down in the second of the ITV soap’s two-part episode after her mother Sarah (Tina O’Brien) rescued her from the home of older fiance Nathan Curtis (Chris Harper), who had arranged for her to spend an evening with yet another one of his friends.
Sarah and Gary Windass (Mikey North) found her drunk and unconscious in Nathan’s flat and brought her home, but Bethany flew into a panicked rage when they stopped her from returning.
She stabbed Gary in the arm with broken glass before making her escape and the episode finale found her sobbing and bleeding as she hid under a bridge.
Viewers applauded the 21-year-old star for her portrayal of teenage Bethany’s desperate situation.
So sad too think this actually happens! Brilliant acting from everyone! Especially @lufallon 💛— Kirsty (@Kirstt98) May 19, 2017
Great acting from @lufallon I really enjoyed tonight's episode â¤â¤â¤— â¤DonnaMay30🦁 (@DonnaMay30) May 19, 2017
Lucy has spoken openly throughout the sexual exploitation story amid swarms of viewer complaints that it is too grim for the pre-watershed audience.
While she has admitted she sometimes struggles to watch her own episodes, she has also shared her belief that grooming is a crucial topic for the soap.
Her performance on Friday had fans calling for awards…
Lucy has already secured a best actress nomination at next month’s British Soap Awards, along with co-star Kym Marsh, who portrayed Michelle Connor’s heartbreaking miscarriage story earlier this year.