Corrie star reveals she found joy in the tragedy of her mum's death
It’s as much of an uplifting experience as you could possibly imagine chatting to Coronation Street legend Sue Devaney. The Debbie Webster star discussed the past couple of years and praised Northerners for finding the joy and pleasure even in the darkest of times.
In a candid chat, the beloved star reflected to Metro.co.uk: ‘To see the humour in things is important; even when someone is downright rude, you can do it in a comical way. I can see the funny side and don’t take it too seriously.
‘I remembered when my mum was dying; me and my sister still belly laughed. Even in tragedy, there is comedy, isn’t there? There’s joy to be found in the darkest of places. Northerners do that so well, they tend not to take things too seriously.’
Reflecting on how she has used this to develop Debbie, she continued: ‘She’s a combination of a lot of women I have met in my life – strong, Northern women. A friend of mine, she was my tap dancing teacher and we’re still in touch.
‘I modelled Debbie on Maureen a bit – I ended up teaching tap with her when I was 15 and she was old style tap dancer. She still gets those shoes out – she is like the Joan Collins of Rochdale – “we don’t talk about my age”.
‘She had a turquoise and pink Ford Capri and always was matching and glamorous, a pink skirt on, pink boots, pink earrings, pink trilby, the lot! I’m trying to introduce a trilby or two into Debbie’s wardrobe.
‘My nana was the same. Those Northern strong women say it as it is as they get older. My friend’s mum Alice, who has sadly passed away now, spoke her mind. She’d go: “Is that what you’re wearing!? I don’t like that!!”
‘You’d spent five hours getting ready, think you look amazing and then in one sentence she puts you back down there (laughs). It’s lovely that she came in as a bit of a rum bugger but I think she has got that side to her – she doesn’t realise how funny she is.’
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