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'Coronation Street' Star Brooke Vincent: 'Guys Always Ask Me If I'm A Lesbian Like My 'Corrie' Character, Sophie Webster'

23/06/2014 13:09 BST | Updated 23/06/2014 13:59 BST

Coronation Street’ actress Brooke Vincent has revealed that when she first meets men they often jump to conclusions and think that she's a lesbian, because of her character in the soap.

Brooke plays Sophie Webster in ‘Corrie’, who dramatically came out as gay in a storyline back in 2010 after falling in love with her friend Sian, though the actress herself is actually straight.

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'Corrie' star Brooke Vincent

In an interview with The Sun she was asked whether or not men often assume she’s gay in real life, to which she replied: “That’s the first question a lad will ask me, ‘Are you really a lesbian?’ ”

However, despite her soap character having a minor impact on her love life now that she’s newly single, Brooke has revealed she’s proud to play one of the few LGBT characters around in Soapland.

She revealed: “It’s just knowing you’re helping that one person, it makes such a difference. So many people tweet me and say: ‘Thank you for this.’

“A lot say: ‘Oh, my gran understands now, because you’re a lesbian on ‘Corrie’ and she watches ‘Corrie’.’”

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Brooke in character as Sophie

In the soap, Sophie is currently caught up in a relationship with Maddie, played by actress Amy Kelly, who has caused trouble on the cobbles since she arrived at the tail-end of last year.

Amy, who is also not gay in real life, recently gave an interview where she admitted that her first onscreen same-sex kiss was “daunting” at first, but admitted: “Now it doesn’t bother me - I get on so well with Brooke it’s not weird anymore.”

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