Coronation Street star Paula Wilcox teases danger for Elaine in Stephen story
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Coronation Street star Paula Wilcox has teased that danger lies ahead for her character Elaine Jones.
Elaine is currently engaged to serial killer Stephen Reid and intends to get married as soon as possible.
In scenes airing next week, Elaine's son Tim Metcalfe is furious about the engagement and does everything in his power to stop the wedding from going ahead, fuelling fears that he could become Stephen's fourth victim.
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While it does appear as though Tim could be next on the chopping block, Paula has reminded fans that Elaine isn't in the safest of situations either.
"I think as far as she is concerned, there is nothing but excitement about moving to the next stage of the relationship. She is really looking forward to having him to herself, and being alone with Stephen," the soap star explained.
"But, of course, the more she is on her own with him, the more time he has got to get his plans off the ground.
"It is going to be a very interesting time. Hopefully, she has people watching out for her because she is completely unaware of what she is taking on."
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Paula pointed out that she's "not the only one" in the dark about the truth about Stephen, adding: "Some people have got doubts about him, but some people like Elaine think he's great."
She added: "Elaine has been single for a long time and has been very, very wary of men for a long time. But Stephen has played it very smartly, particularly by pretending that he was coercively controlled.
"And whenever he's with her, the way Todd [Boyce] plays Stephen, he seems like he's sort of tentative and slightly unsure of himself. The audience knows that it’s because he's got to be careful because he can't remember which lies he has told to whom but, because Elaine doesn't suspect anything, she sees somebody being quite tentative and a bit shy."
While Elaine has witnessed Stephen's bad temper several times, Paula said that she puts it down to Stephen being "overworked and stressed" at the factory.
She continued: "But there's so much more that's making him irascible and nervy and twitchy that we know about but Elaine doesn’t.
"I think she puts it all down to overwork, which is why she keeps talking to him about retirement.
"She thinks that it's time to hang up the suit and stop and start enjoying life and going on cruises and having a bit of fun. She rightly knows that he's stressed. She just doesn't know the real reason why he is."
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.
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