Christmas Q&A with Corrie’s Leanne

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Leanne’s planning a cosy family Christmas as she and Nick look forward to the arrival of their baby in the New Year. But as we all know this baby isn’t Nick’s, it’s Steve’s, and as the pair desperately try to keep up the act, old emotions stir and jealousies are reignited. As Nick is convinced that Peter is after Leanne, the gloves come off and Nick fights to hold on to his makeshift family with Leanne caught in the middle of her loves past and present.

What are your plans for this Christmas?
A very traditional family Christmas.

What does Christmas mean to you?
I think Christmas is wonderful when you have your own children but there is nothing quite like being a kid yourself with the magic of it all. I love looking at my kids and remembering how exciting it was because I feel excited myself and I love that Christmas magic.

When do you usually start your Christmas shopping?
Well it’s my birthday in November so I get my birthday out of my way and then I start Christmas shopping so I’m going to have to get cracking.

When do you put up your Christmas tree?
We always do it early at work because we film six weeks ahead so we always feel as though we’ve been doing Christmas since October. But I always put it up at around the 10th December which is still quite early I suppose.

What is the best Christmas present you have ever received?
When I was a little girl I wanted a tiara – I was going through a princess phase – so when I opened all my presents and I didn’t get one I was really upset. Then my mum said, ‘Oh what’s that sparkling in the Christmas tree?’ and there was a tiara in the Christmas tree. It was magical.

Who will you be spending this Christmas with? And who does the cooking?
I will be spending Christmas with my children, my husband and my mum. Usually I cheat a little bit and go to Marks and Spencers to get everything prepped and then I just pop it into the oven.

What will you be watching on TV this Christmas?
Obviously Coronation Street. Even before I was in the show, we always used to watch it on Christmas Day. But that will no doubt be followed by a load of children’s films because my kids usually have control of the remote.

What is your secret to a stress free Christmas?
Go to Marks and Spencers and buy all the food.

Do you have a Christmas jumper in your wardrobe?
I have a few because I do like a Christmas jumper. We usually do a Christmas jumper day at work as well and I think it takes the pressure of dressing up when you can just throw on a silly jumper.