Lucy’s casting comes after it emerged that Katie Redford - who was first cast as 14-year-old Bethany earlier this year - had lied about her age in order to land the part, and was actually a full 11 years older than the character she was supposed to be playing.
ITV unveiled the young actress in a photo alongside ‘Corrie’ stars Jack P Shepherd and Helen Worth, who play her soap uncle and gran, David Platt and Gail McIntyre.
Speaking about joining the soap, Lucy, who we can only hope is being honest when she says she’s 19 years old, explained: “Walking onto the set was surreal and nerve wracking but everyone has been really welcoming and I am thrilled to have been given this great opportunity.”
When ‘Corrie’ fans last saw Bethany, she was a wide-eyed little girl, off to Milan to start a new life with her young mum, Sarah-Louise (played by Tina O’Brien, who is also returning to the soap).
However, it seems that in the time she’s been away things have changed after it was previously reported that Bethany is now a troublesome 14-year-old who causes drama right from the offset when she turns up unannounced at the Rovers Return, and tricks one ‘Corrie’ resident into buying a drink for her.
Lucy’s first scenes as Bethany will air in March.