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