Kym Ryder says that she thinks there are plenty of similarities between herself and her Coronation Street character Michelle Connor, but definitely not between her and Jordan.

The mum-of-two is up for the Best Newcomer trophy at the National Television Awards for her portrayal of the Rovers barmaid – and admits that she understands some of what Michelle goes through.

She told The Sun: “There are definitely similarities between me and Michelle. She was 14 when she gave birth to her son Ryan so we were both teen mums.

“Apparently, I can be feisty too – just like Michelle – and we’re both very sarcastic, so it’s not too much of a stretch to play her. I’m also a little bit touchy, although I might not be as touchy as Michelle.

“And we both come from very tight-knit families.”

Kym, 31, has moved her family up north after becoming a Weatherfield regular with husband Jack and her kids Emily and David.

“There is more to life than just being on a TV show. Life up north is all great. We’ve settled well and Jack’s very close to my family,” she added.

“Ours is just like any normal relationship – when I finish work I go straight home and we have dinner with the kids.

“We’re definitely NOT Peter and Jordan and we’re not the perfect couple. We’re just happy being us.”