Coronation Street‘s Natalie Gumede says people have reacted so strongly to her soap storyline that they shout at her when she’s out and about.

The 27-year-old actress plays Kirsty Soames, the girlfriend of mechanic Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall), who has been making enemies of Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan).

“It’s great to be part of popular characters’ storylines, as you are often shaking their world up, but I’m also aware that change can take some adjusting to. I’ve already had people shouting ‘Leave our Tina alone’ and ‘You’d better look after Tyrone!’ at me in the street,” she wrote on Coronation Street’s official ITV website.

“I think Alan Halsall is well on his way to certified National Treasure status, judging by the stern looks I receive from women across the country!” she added.

Natalie, who joined the soap in September, is looking forward to shaking up Coronation Street even more.

“Now that Kirsty is moving in with 3T (Tommy, Tina and Tyrone – and now Kirsty – in a two up two down!) I’m looking forward to how their relationships develop further – or not!” she continued.

“I’m starting to chip away at the heart of Kirsty. I think viewers will be beginning to see an edge to her – she’s scrappy and she cannot help but have the last word. What really redeems her is her genuine love for Tyrone, and her sense of humour; she’s genuinely funny…”