CORONATION Street viewers were stunned to discover that Debbie Webster is Ray Crosby’s secret partner last night on the soap (November 2).
Debbie appeared on the cobbles in August with a mysterious business venture and is set to target Sally Webster’s house this week in the ITV soap. But why is she working for villainous Ray? Here’s the lowdown..
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Is Debbie trying to destroy the cobbles?
Viewers know that Ray is on a mission to destroy the cobbles by buying up the properties one by one, and has already got control of the Bistro, the garage buildings, David’s house and even Gary’s factory.
But speaking about her own character’s actions, Sue Devaney revealed that, unlike Ray, Debbie doesn’t have malicious intentions.
Talking to The Sun Online, Debbie revealed: “She’s had to keep it quiet because she didn’t want her brother to find out until it was signed, sealed and delivered.
“She thinks she’s doing everything for the good of everyone else and I think that is what Debbie’s about – she doesn’t do it from a place where she is going to destroy all the houses.”
She added: “Because she has come from that area, she thinks she can make this place so much better than it is and I don’t think she realises the consequence of these people who have lived there all their lives.
“She is going in and ripping down an area.
“I think she really truly believes that she is doing this for the good of everyone else, for an actor we think in feelings rather than facts.
“I have to embrace Debbie’s badness to get an end result and what she thinks will be a good result.
“By putting a high rise there she can bring more jobs, more community spirit and thinking about the bigger picture.”
Have Debbie and Ray dated in Corrie?
Yes, it has been revealed that Debbie and Ray are former lovers in Corrie.
Speaking about Debbie’s naivety surrounding sleazy Ray, Sue Devaney told Digital Spy: "Well, they used to go out together and I think Ray really hurt her. Years have passed by since, but she has always gone for the bad guys like Ray.”
She continued: "Debbie threw herself into her work after her relationship with Ray, but she still has a soft spot for him. She doesn't know how letchy Ray is because when she knew him, he was just a womaniser. He promised her the world, but he was also promising another 10 women at the same time. I don't think Debbie knows who she has got involved with this time around."
Will Debbie discover just how sleazy Ray can be and turn against him?
Is Debbie going to target Sally Webster in Corrie?
Official spoilers have revealed that Debbie will pitch neighbours Geoff and Sally against each other this week after telling Abi she’s lost everything.
Debbie will suggest a garden party to Sally in celebration of her new chiminea.
Unable to resist, Sally takes Debbie’s advice and hosts a party, but disaster strikes when Geoff appears and causes a scene.
Later in the week, Debbie stirs things further by telling Geoff that Sally has been slagging him off.
An angry Geoff rushes round and bursts into Tim and Sally’s, waving around a huge spade.
Later, Debbie can hardly hide her joy when Sally tells her she’s selling her house to get away from Geoff.
Why is Ray buying up properties in Corrie?
Viewers know that Ray’s intentions are much more evil than those of his business partner Debbie.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk about his character Ray’s evil plan, actor Mark Frost said: "I think he does see himself an empire builder, so he is looking to purchase property and get his business to grow exponentially.
"I think what’s going to come as a surprise is just what means he’s willing to go to — what lengths he’s willing to go to — to get his plans put his plans in place, and the odds that’s going to put him at with the rest of the Weatherfield community."
Talking about why his character wants to destroy the cobbles, Mark added: "He’s got no familial links. He sees people and communities as pawns. I think to a certain extent there is that breed of property developer, who in order to get plans drawn up and disband communities, they can’t surely look at people as individuals and human beings.
"For him, sentimentality is a weakness. It’s something he hates and its probably something from his childhood. We could look at his attitude towards women and maybe his mother, but I think its to do with that.
"I think he sees the bon ami and the neighbourly love in Weatherfield and people looking out for each other. I think he has a distaste for that.
"I think it probably burns him in a way because he is such a loner, and he doesn’t feel that. I think he’s quite prepared to set fire to all of that."
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