Coronation Street star Marc Baylis says Rob Donovan’s feud with Peter Barlow will ‘erupt’ over the summer.
The competition between the Underworld factory co-owner, played by Marc, and Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) has intensified as the pair have been forced by Carla Connor (Alison King) to work together at the betting shop.
“You’ll see over the summer, this is just the beginning of it more than anything else. This is the whole precipice that’s being set up at the moment. It does erupt in the bookies,” the actor teased on ITV’s This Morning.
“The reason why he’s there is because of Carla. We’re working closely-knit as siblings for the first time in a while, which has been really nice. But it is that rivalry and the fact that Rob doesn’t think Peter is good enough for Carla. That’s what’s underneath it all, and it gets a bit dirty.”
The 35-year-old admitted that Rob’s girlfriend Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) is back to her scheming ways.
“Rob’s with Tracy now and she’s coercing him and whispering in his ear. Basically Rob and Tracy want to be Peter and Carla. They want to be successful,” he explained.
“It’s the ambition and the drive that creates that pride that makes the arguments happen – and Rob, I think stupidly, tries to stitch his sister up.”
Marc, who joined Coronation Street in July 2012, admitted he felt under pressure to satisfy viewers’ opinions of Rob.
“There was a lot of pressure with actually starting the character of Rob, because so many people have got strong ideas of what he’s going to be like. Rob’s been talked about for so long, being Carla’s brother and all that jazz, so I think there was a lot of anticipation about him,” he said.