Coronation Street – Faye's future confirmed after tough prison sentence

Daniel Kilkelly
·4-min read

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Coronation Street has revealed Faye Windass's sentence for Adam Barlow's attack – and it's bad news for the Weatherfield teen.

Monday's double bill (April 19) saw Faye receive a three-year sentence as a punishment for violently lashing out at Adam.

The judge's decision left Faye's family outraged, as they believed it was too harsh a punishment – and talk immediately turned to a possible appeal.

So, what does all of this mean for Faye's future in the show? Here's our quick guide.

Has Faye left Coronation Street?

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Photo credit: ITV

Let's get to the good news first – Faye hasn't left Coronation Street despite her lengthy jail sentence.

Ellie Leach, who has played the role of Faye since 2011, remains part of the Corrie cast and will continue to appear on the ITV soap as this story continues.

A spokesperson for Corrie confirmed the news to Digital Spy today.

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This is a similar situation to other Corrie characters who've stuck around on screen despite being sent to jail. Yasmeen Metcalfe, Gary Windass and Johnny Connor have all appeared in prison scenes at various points over the past year.

Appearing on ITV's Lorraine in January, Ellie revealed that she was keen to stick with Corrie for as long as possible, despite the worrying nature of her ongoing storyline.

Asked if she was going anywhere, Ellie replied: "No, no. Not going anywhere for the time being."

The actress then added: "Well hopefully forever."

Could Faye be released early?

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Photo credit: ITV

Digital Spy understands that the focus of Faye's storyline will now shift to the fight to get her out of prison much sooner than the end of her current sentence.

In Monday night's second episode, Faye's loved ones asked about the possibility of lodging an appeal against her sentence. One grounds for an appeal is that the judge's sentence could be seen as excessive, as it was the lengthiest option available.

An alternative course of action is to wait for the outcome of evil Ray Crosby's court case.

Ray has been charged with attempted rape after attacking Faye in the Bistro office last year.

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Photo credit: ITV

Faye only lashed out at Adam in a case of mistaken identity, wrongly believing that he was Ray.

The judge refused to consider these extenuating circumstances as part of his sentencing, ruling that Ray was an innocent man until proven otherwise in court.

Ray has pleaded not guilty to his charge and will stand trial at a later date, but this could be months away due to the backlog of cases after the pandemic. This means that Faye's own future could now depend on the outcome of Ray's court case.

Faye's loved ones have been told that, if they appeal against the tough sentence now, they won't be able to launch a second appeal if Ray is found guilty at a later date. This could mean Faye's best option is to wait.

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Photo credit: ITV

In a recent interview, Ellie Leach explained: "She's a good person and she knows she has to take the blame for what she did, but she also feels that she's taking the blame for what Ray did to her and that's really hard for her. 

"She knows that what Ray did to her was wrong, whatever he says, and it will affect her for the rest of her life and now it feels like she's paying for that."

What's next for Faye and Craig?

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Photo credit: ITV

Faye and Craig's relationship is also expected to remain a focus of future episodes.

Before going to court, Faye ended things with Craig after discovering that he was planning to quit his career in the police force for the sake of their relationship.

Craig has been warned that dating a criminal may not be possible if he wants to continue working with the police.

Later this week, Gary will take steps to salvage Faye and Craig's relationship.

Craig then explains to Kirk that, for the sake of his career, he mustn't have any contact with Faye.

Fortunately, Craig has a sneaky loophole in mind – suggesting that Kirk could post his letters for him and nobody would suspect a thing. Will Kirk agree to be involved?

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7.30pm on ITV.

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Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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