Coronation Street star Sally Ann Matthews says she’s nervous about how viewers will react when her character Jenny Bradley’s kidnap storyline comes to a dramatic peak next week.
Previews of upcoming scenes show a distraught Jenny clutching Kevin Webster’s son Jack on the edge of balcony after Kevin manages to track her down and confront her.
It emerges Jenny’s own son drowned after he was left unattended and that is why she plotted to kidnap Jack.
Jenny Bradley puts Jack’s life in danger (ITV)
Sally Ann said: “Twitter and Facebook were quite a scary place to be when Jenny slapped Maria so what it’s going to be like in the next few weeks is anyone’s guess!
“I hope they see that there is a genuine reason for her behaviour and from the reaction so far I think the viewers will have sympathy for her situation.
“She isn’t Machiavellian! She isn’t twiddling her moustache and drawing up plans. She is deeply traumatised about the death of her son and is reacting rather than acting.”
Kevin Webster tries to talk Jenny down (ITV)
The actress insisted that Jenny does have genuine feelings for Kevin (Michael Le Vell) and was not just using him to get close to his son.
She said: “She’s known Kevin for a long time and she does care for him deeply. He holds the key.
“She cares about him a great deal actually, but because she isn’t seeing things as they really are she can only see him as an obstacle in her desire to keep Jack safe.”