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Lorraine: Millie Gibson talks about her eyebrow scar

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Coronation Street’s Millie Gibson joined Lorraine Kelly on her talk show on Wednesday morning to discuss her character Kelly Neelan’s storyline. Talked turned to the slit in Millie’s eyebrow, which Lorraine said people often mistake for a mark she made herself. However, Millie told Lorraine it is a scar and not a fashion statement for his character on Coronation Street.

After speaking about Millie’s storyline on the BBC soap, Lorraine asked: “Now a lot of people have commented, and I know you’ve had this a lot, your little eyebrow, and they said, oh did you do that on purpose as part of the character.

“You know to make her a bit edgy or whatever, but it’s not, what happened to you, it was an accident, wasn’t it?”

Millie laughed: “It’s a scar, everyone thinks I’ve done it myself, but no, I was very young, and in all my baby pictures, I look like a right thug.

“I fell down the stairs when I was a baby, and the hairs have never grown back, but everyone thinks I’ve done it for the character.

“I think it kind of works, especially for Kelly, yeah everyone done it myself,” she explained.

Lorraine commented: “Well, it’s very distinctive, and that makes sense, and it doesn’t matter for that character though your, right.”

The pair also spoke about the sensitivity of the storyline and how it is based on the death of Sophie Lancaster, who was murdered in 2007.

Lorraine began: “An astonishing performance as I was watching, it’s quite remarkable, so powerful such a powerful storyline Millie, isn’t it?”

“Yeah, oh my gosh, it’s been amazing doing it though, it’s been so much pressure in a good way to be a part of such a real and raw storyline I’ve just been very honoured to be a part of it,” Millie said.

“And it’s based as we know it’s based on a true story the story of Sophie Lancaster who was killed really just because she happened to be different,” Lorraine explained.

“So, this is something Coronation Street does really well, when it’s based on reality, as you said, you’ve got the pressure you’ve got to get this right because you’ve got to give her justice.”

Millie agreed with Lorraine and added: “I know, I knew we were all in such good hands with Corrie cos they always do such good examples of true storylines and to raise awareness.

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“Especially with hate crimes, so it was really amazing to do Sophie Lancaster justice and to do Seb justice in the process.”

Lorraine also spoke about how the producers were in touch with Sophie’s family and said: “That’s the reality they’re having to live with that, so it’s absolutely vital to make sure they’re content with what happens, again we do their daughter justice.”

“Yeah, when I first read the scripts, I was blown away because I was familiar with the attack Sophie Lancaster and the first thought that came to mind was the BBC drama Murdered For Being Different,” Millie said.

“So that just blew me away, so I thought if we can have that same impact on the Corrie viewers as they did, I knew we were doing it right, but yeah, it was unbelievable.”

Viewers of Coronation Street and who were familiar with the storyline used social media to express their opinions of the storyline.

One user wrote: “Amazing how coronation street are raising such amazing awareness for Sophie Lancaster! #Lorraine.”

“Millie is such a good actress and doing the storyline justice. She should be proud of herself for being so raw sending out the message,” another added.

Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV. 
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