ITV Coronation Street confirms who killed Lauren Bolton in brutal twist

Lauren Bolton in Coronation Street
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Coronation Street has unveiled the character responsible for Lauren Bolton's disappearance and presumed murder, as the actor portraying him voices his fear.

It's been a hectic week in Weatherfield, with ITV soap fans getting their daily dose of drama. This special week of episodes arrives three months after the teenager vanished from her precinct flat without leaving any clues.

Her last appearance on the cobbles was on February 23, following her dismissal from her job at Roy's Rolls by Roy himself. The cafe owner later paid her a visit to give her her wages and some extra cash, reports the Manchester Evening News.

However, shortly afterwards, an unknown individual visited the teen at her home, who viewers never saw, and she hasn't been seen since. Roy was incarcerated awaiting trial after being accused of Lauren's murder when blood was discovered in her flat.

But on Thursday night, after previous episodes showed the same day from different characters' perspectives, Roy was freed from prison and the truth was finally disclosed.

While Nathan Curtis, who recently returned, was charged with Lauren's murder after newcomer Kit Green planted evidence in his van, his lawyer Joel Deering appeared rather suspicious. And he had a good reason to be, as he might have gotten away with murder.

A flashback clip revealed him as Lauren's secret 'boyfriend' and showed him violently attacking her. Following the scenes that confirmed a long-standing fan theory, actor Calum Lill, who joined Corrie last year as Dee-Dee Bailey's love interest, shared his feelings about the public finally knowing the truth.

"I'm terrified but it's also a relief," he admitted. "I've known this for over a year. It was last May that I got sent the breakdown for Joel saying that he was a charming character who's got a dark side. When I got the screen test they said, 'Okay, this is what Joel is going to be doing'. I thought, 'Oh my goodness, like this is a really terrible person. And I've got to hide in plain sight for a year."

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Discussing his reaction to the twist with Joel, Calum said: "I felt a huge weight of responsibility on my shoulders to do well and not give it away and not play some cliche, because the things Joel has done have happened to people in real life. So I had meetings with charities and did research. I watched documentaries and read psychological papers to create as much truth as possible.

"The thing that I kept in my mind was I would never want anyone who'd experienced anything like that to be watching something on screen that didn't feel authentic and feel offended. I did also feel safe because of all the work behind the scenes that went into creating this character and this storyline. Everyone has been so invested in making it quality and making it something to be proud of."

Emmerdale's Calum Best has been keeping a massive secret from his family, especially his Gran who's an avid Corrie enthusiast. "It has been difficult - even my family don't know, they will have found out at the same time as the viewers," he confessed.

He revealed that his family, who were clueless about his character Joel's true nature, had their own theories. "I don't think they were suspicious as they probably didn't think I could play an evil character like Joel. I was having Sunday dinner with my family a couple of weeks ago, and they were all talking about their own theories of who they think it is. And every one of them has got a different one and not one of them thinks it is Joel. They have not been suspicious of me at all. They were aware that some people were suspicious online but believed me!"

Calum also shared how his Gran might react after finding out the truth, given she's been texting him about being nice to Dee-Dee and was upset to learn Joel was married with a daughter, he added: "Haha I don't know but I am going to try and watch it with her, it will be like watching a horror film, she will lose her mind, she might call the police, she will want to ring Dee-Dee. She has known my girlfriend for four years but she is very invested in Joel and Dee-Dee."

Coronation Street is shown on ITV1 at 8pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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