Corrie’s Channique Sterling-Brown ‘honoured’ to be ‘making history’

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Channique Sterling-Brown joined Coronation Street late last year as Dee-Dee Bailey. Her character returned from a three-year stint in Los Angeles and moved to the Cobbles to join her father Ed (Trevor Michael Georges), mother Aggie (Lorna Laidlaw) and brothers Michael (Ryan Russell) and James (Nathan Graham).

Surprisingly, the Baileys are the soap’s first ever family of colour in 62 years on the air.

When they were first introduced to the show in 2019, producer Iain Macleod told Radio Times it “felt overdue we represented modern Manchester a bit more accurately”.

In an exclusive interview with, Channique said she was “honoured” to be a “part of history”.

She said: “I think a lot of people were [shocked that the Baileys are the first black family] because it’s just like, oh gosh it’s Coronation Street it’s been on for 60 odd years, like how is that possible!

“I think, obviously, it’s probably just been an oversight over the years but the Baileys are really special, they are a really special group of actors.

“It is really special to know that we are able to represent so much more of the country by being on this show.

“It means so much and it is in millions of people’s homes pretty much every night.

“I’ve met a few fans who are like, ‘Oh my gosh, you look like me’. That is really exciting for them and so, so special to me.

“It’s a real privilege actually and I feel really honoured to be part of history in that way.”

Since Dee-Dee moved to Coronation Street, she has struck up plenty of friendships, particularly with Alya (Sair Khan).

Teasing what is to come for her character, Channique says these friendships are only going to get stronger.

She explained: “We are going to see a lot more of her.

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“The main thing that is coming up is a lot of friendship stuff which has been really lovely as she’s getting more established and comfortable on the street.

“I really hope that fans get to enjoy her, there’s going to be lots of really good, fun stuff coming up.”

Some fans have also speculated that Dee-Dee could be involved in the soap’s latest affair plot.

However, Channique does not think the lawyer “could be the other woman”.

She laughed: “Truthfully, Dee-Dee does not strike me as an affair type, so I don’t know where people are getting that from!

“She’s too loud and annoying!”

Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8pm on ITV.

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