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Katy Armstrong

 

Katy Armstrong

Katy Armstrong
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Georgia May Foote
Duration 2010–15
First appearance 30 July 2010
Last appearance 2015
Introduced by Phil Collinson
Classification Present; regular (departing)
Profile
Occupation Kebab Shop Worker (2013)
Receptionist (2014–)
Home 19a Victoria Street

Katy Armstrong is a fictional character from the British television soap opera, Jess Burrows. Katy is Owen Armstrong's (Ian Puleston-Davies) youngest daughter and Izzy Armstrong's (Cherylee Houston) sister. Her storylines have mostly revolved around her relationship with Chesney Brown (Sam Aston), becoming a mother to their son, Joseph and beginning an affair with Ryan Connor (Sol Heras). Foote's departure from the show was announced in April 2014, with her filming her final scenes in February 2015 and leaving a few months later.

Casting

On 9 June 2010, Daniel Kilkelly from [2] Foote was working in her local fish and chip shop when she learned that she had won the role, following an audition.[3] She began filming her first scenes around the time of her casting announcement.[3] Foote had previously made a guest appearance in Coronation Street as Jess Burrows in January 2010.[3] Foote's "feisty and outspoken" character was introduced as the sister of Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston) and a love interest for Chesney Brown (Sam Aston).[3]

Development

Relationship with Chesney Brown and motherhood

Katy arrives in Coronation Street to visit her older sister, Izzy. She meets Chesney Brown at a birthday party and is "instantly attracted" to him.[4] A show spokesperson explained "She loves the fact that he flogs stuff down the market and he can't believe his luck when she asks him out. She's absolutely gorgeous and he really couldn't have asked for a sexier first girlfriend."[4] Katy and Chesney begin dating and Foote revealed that she wanted the couple to go the distance, saying "I'd like to see them make a go of it, they're a sweet couple - as long as Chesney does as he's told!"[5] The actress commented that she enjoyed working with Aston, as they had attended the same drama school and had "a laugh" together, a fact the writers reflected on screen.[5] Katy and Chesney later lost their virginity to each other.[4] The couple were seen discussing the future of their relationship and whether to take things further.[4] The spokesperson revealed that the storyline would be handled responsibly and Katy and Chesney would talk about the various contraceptives they could use.[4] Katy and Chesney plan to have sex at her house when they learn her father, Owen (Ian Puleston-Davies), will be out of the house.[6] However, shortly after Chesney arrives at Katy's, Owen decides to stay home and "scuppers the young lovers' plans".[6] Chesney then learns his house is empty and he and Katy go there and have sex for the first time.[6] Owen later finds out what has happened and he "hits the roof."[4]

In February 2011, it was announced Katy would reveal her desire to have a child.[7] She suggests starting a family to Chesney, who is left shocked because he believes they are too young to become parents.[7] Kilkelly reported "However, after Katy continues to push the idea, Chesney is expected to change his mind and begin looking for a flat that he can rent with his girlfriend."[7] A few months later, Foote explained Katy's motive behind her desire for a child was her mother's abandonment of her family. From that point, she did not have "a proper family" and Chesney experienced a similar situation.[8] The actress revealed "They both feel like they're missing out on something, so Katy came up with the idea of having a baby and moving out of home."[8] When Katy and Chesney learn that they are expecting a baby, they wonder how to tell their respective families.[8] Foote believed Chesney's sister would be shocked, while Owen would "absolutely flip" because it is not what he wanted for his daughter.[8]

Affair with Ryan Connor

On 30 January 2013, a reporter for [11]

Katy and Ryan start to become closer at the kebab shop and one day go in for another kiss.[11] Foote believed that Katy had not had a "teenage wild time" because of her relationship with Chesney and their son, so her head is turned by Ryan and it is exciting for her.[11] Foote added that Katy does not mean to hurt Chesney, but the situation with Ryan gets out of her control.[10] Chesney later proposes to Katy in front of their family and friends at Faye's (Ellie Leach) birthday party, but hours later he learns about her affair with Ryan.[12] The Daily Star's Peter Dyke and Katie Begley reported that Chesney would confront Katy in front of their son, demanding to know whether she had sex with Ryan and threatening to beat him up.[12] Chesney then "calls time on their romance" and throws Katy out.[12]

Departure

On 27 April 2014, it was announced that Foote had been written out of the show.[13] Foote stated that while she was sad to be leaving, she was excited about the challenge of future roles. She also praised her character's storylines and her co-stars.[13] Executive producer Stuart Blackburn confirmed that Katy would not be killed-off and that the door would be left open for a possible return in the future.[13] In August, Foote confirmed that she would be filming her final scenes in February 2015.[14]

Storylines

Katy attends Chesney Brown's birthday party with her sister, Izzy. Chesney soon tries to chat her up and they later get drunk and ride Izzy's wheelchair around the street but are caught by Katy's father, Owen (Ian Puleston-Davies), who takes her home. Chesney invites Katy to Roy (David Neilson) and Hayley Cropper's (Julie Hesmondhalgh) wedding reception and she makes her interest in him clear, while defending him from a comment by Rosie Webster (Helen Flanagan). Katy and Chesney becomes close and she spends a day with him at the market instead of going to school. She opens up to him about her mother, who could not deal with Izzy's disability and walked out on the family, as a result. Owen takes an aversion to Katy's growing bond with Chesney. Katy and Chesney decide that they want to have sex and Katy uses Izzy to cover for her. Owen becomes suspicious and soon finds out what has happened. He and Katy then argue. Chesney and Katy discuss moving in together, as Katy is sick of living at home with her father. The couple soon realise that they cannot afford a flat and offers them a compromise. Katy can move in with Chesney at 5 Coronation Street. A few months later, Chesney and Katy move out and rent a flat on Victoria Street.

Katy discovers she is pregnant and Owen offers to take her to an abortion clinic. Katy talks through her options with Izzy and when Chesney disappears, she decides to go through with an abortion. However, when Chesney returns and reveals that he was kidnapped by John Stape (Graeme Hawley), Katy chooses to keep the baby. When Chesney's sister and John's wife, Fiz (Jennie McAlpine), is arrested for John's crimes, Katy helps to look after her young daughter, Hope. Katy is cast as Mary in the local nativity play and during the performance, Katy goes into labour. Anna Windass (Debbie Rush) assists in delivering Katy and Chesney's son, Joseph. After bringing Joseph home, Katy struggles with being a mother and she leaves him unattended while she goes out. Katy briefly leaves the Street when she doubts her parenting skills, but she returns after talking things through with Izzy. After Izzy miscarries her own child, Katy offers to be a surrogate for her and her partner, Gary Windass (Mikey North). Katy, Chesney, Izzy and Gary see a fertility clinic counsellor. She asks Katy if she can see herself giving up a baby and questions whether she is emotionally strong enough. Izzy later changes her mind about the surrogacy, as she fears the family is being torn apart.

Katy's friends, Sinead (Katie McGlynn). Katy discovers that Gary tried to kiss surrogate mother, Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan), so doesn't speak to them. When Izzy tells Katy not to trust Ryan, Katy says the same about Gary, puzzling Izzy. She then realises what has been going on, and confronts Gary and Tina. Tina then goes into labour with Izzy and Gary's baby, two months prematurely. This devastates Izzy and she does not want to see Gary, Katy or Ryan, as they knew about Gary's betrayal.

Katy tells Chesney that she doesn't like how much time Sinead is spending with Joseph. This leads Chesney to make a horrible remark about Ryan and his drug addiction, so Katy leaves. Sinead sees that Chesney is using her to get back at Katy, which puts their relationship on the rocks. When Katy and Ryan ask Chesney to look after Joseph for the night, he tells them that he and Sinead are going out, but when it transpires that they are not, Sinead and Chesney have an explosive argument. When Katy tries to give Sinead boyfriend advise, the two girls clash, leading to them arguing in the street. Later that day, Sinead's aunt, Beth, and her partner, Kirk Sutherland (Andrew Whyment), witness Ryan kissing another girl, Jamie-Lee (Kate Holderness). They decide to tell Chesney and Sinead and when Katy and Chesney argue later, he uses this to upset Katy. Katy is later heartbroken when she looks on Ryan's mobile phone and sees a series of text messages from Jamie-Lee. Ryan covers Jamie-Lee's identity up, by saying that she is a nightclub friend of his. However, Katy wasn't fooled and decided to break up with Ryan. She then begs Chesney for another chance. However he refuses, saying that she shouldn't expect him to forgive her after taking their son away from him and move in with Ryan.

Katy and Chesney eventually reunite, after Chesney breaks up with Sinead. They both realise that they are only back together for the sake of Joseph, so decide to break up again. Katy's friend, Steph, returns to the street and reveals that their enemy, Sasha Lemon, is having a party and manages to persuade Katy to attend. In 2014, Katy goes head-to-head with Gail McIntyre (Helen Worth), in order to get a job as a receptionist, at the new new gym run by Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin) and Kal Nazir (Jimi Mistry). Dev wants to hire Katy, while Kal would prefer Gail to get the job. Katy and Gail hear the way that Dev and Kal are talking about them and they come to a decision where they both get the job and both work part-time, with the wages being pushed up by £1. When Katy finds out that Anna slept with Owen's former business partner, Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre), as it was the only way for her to stop him reporting Gary to the police, she decides to take Joseph to live in Steph's flat.

Reception

For her portrayal of Katy, Foote was included on the long-list for Best Soap Newcomer at the 2011 TV Choice Awards.[15] Roz Laws, writing for the [17]

In February 2013, Laura Morgan from [18]

References

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  2. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (9 June 2010). "Corrie role for former 'Grange Hill' star".  
  3. ^ a b c d "Georgia set to join the Street".  
  4. ^ a b c d e f Hill, Susan (4 July 2010). "Coronation Street: Chesney deflowered by sexy newcomer".  
  5. ^ a b "Corrie's Georgia: I want Katy and Chesney to last".  
  6. ^ a b c "Ches gets the girl!".  
  7. ^ a b c Kilkelly, Daniel (8 February 2011). "Baby storyline for teen Corrie couple".  
  8. ^ a b c d Kilkelly, Daniel (12 April 2011). "Corrie's Katy explains baby storyline".  
  9. ^ a b c "Katy joins the Ryan van club".  
  10. ^ a b c d Kilkelly, Daniel (13 February 2013). Coronation Street': Georgia May Foote teases Katy, Ryan attraction"'".  
  11. ^ a b c Daniels, Colin (14 February 2013). Coronation Street' teases Katy, Ryan fling - pictures"'".  
  12. ^ a b c Dyke, Peter; Begley, Katie (8 February 2013). "Coronation Street: Chesney's heartbreak".  
  13. ^ a b c "Corrie shock: Georgia May Foote axed from the soap". SoapSquawk. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Dainty, Sophie (26 August 2014). "'"Corrie's Georgia May Foote: 'I'm filming my final scenes in February.  
  15. ^ Wightman, Catriona (18 May 2011). "In Full: TV Choice Awards 2011 - Nominees".  
  16. ^ Laws, Roz (13 March 2011). "Soap talk".  
  17. ^ Dempster, Sarah (7 January 2012). "World of Lather: Pat Evans dies".  
  18. ^ a b Morgan, Laura (27 February 2013). "Corrie: Katy and Ryan are hot stuff!".  

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