Former Corrie star Georgia May Foote has hit back over claims she was dropped by the soap because she refused to take part in a storyline converting her character to Islam.
Sacked actor Marc Anwar, 62, who played Sharif Nazir, was given the boot from the ITV soap after posting a series of offensive tweets, but has since made the claim that her character, Katy, was set to romance Zeedan (played by Qasim Akhtar) but was terminated after she refused.
The soap told Metro that Georgia, 27, had never refused to partake in a storyline or any sort, and that the claim was unfounded.
The issue came about during an interview with the Sun, whereby Marc said Georgia refused to be involved in a storyline that saw her convert to Islam and went into detail on the proposal.
‘The storyline was that he would then ask her to become a Muslim,’ he claimed.
‘But when that was put to her she declined. I don’t know what her reasons were.
‘But she was adamant she didn’t want to do that storyline. And so the response was, “OK, see you later”.’
In 2015, Georgia earned herself a £100,000 contract for her crowd favourite role but was let go just a year later as a result of the refusal and once the contract was up, he says: ‘They couldn’t just let her go, because they would have been forced to continue paying her.’
However, Georgia has given her side of the story on Twitter, stating that these are ‘fake, s**t stories.’
‘Again. Fake s**t stories,’ she began. ‘As an actress i would have jumped at the chance to play such a diverse storyline. This was not the reason behind me leaving the show i loved and cherished for 5 years.’
In the interview with the paper, the actor also bemoaned life on set of the Manchester-based soap, slamming co-stars in the process. Marc accused Antony Cotton of being ‘rude’ and on-screen other half Shelley King ‘difficult and bossy’.
He also berated producers for the little airtime he got: ‘Nothing was happening with the family. Bosses had no clue what to do with us, so we all had bit parts.’
Georgia has appeared in a number of shows besides Corrie, including the 13th series of Strictly Come Dancing, where she and dance partner Giovanni Pernice finished as joint runners-up.
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