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Jennie McAlpine hopes she’s still on ‘Coronation Street’ when she’s “old”.
The 37-year-old actress has portrayed Fiz Stape for 20 years and she’s amazed at how quickly the time has passed, and despite her involvement with the soap, she’s still a big “fan” too.
She said: “I’ve been Fiz longer than I’ve not been Fiz.
“It’s gone so fast. I was a fan and I’m still a fan. I don’t take it for granted, but I’d love it if I was still on the cobbles when I was old.”
Jennie – who has Albert, seven, and Hilda, three, with her spouse Chris Farr – admitted her Christmas planning was done in a hurry because ‘Corrie’s filming schedule left her confused.
She explained to Woman’s Weekly magazine: “We film it in October and I spent three weeks wearing Fiz’s Christmas earrings, so when the real Christmas comes I think, ‘Well, we’ve done that haven’t we?’
“Then I suddenly realise, ‘Oh crikey, I’d better get on with actual Christmas now!”
The actress admitted she spends several months using the prospect of Christmas presents as a way of getting her children to behave.
She said: “The children have been beyond excited and it’s hard to curb it.
“But I do try to use that a lot of the year.
“I’ll say, ‘Father Christmas only comes for good boys and girls.’
“They’ll say, ‘When is Father Christmas coming?’ And I’ll say, ‘In about three months!’ “