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New actress cast as Coronation Street's Bethany Platt

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Image caption Coronation Street's new actress Lucy Fallon with her on-screen family, Gail (grandmother) and David (uncle).

Coronation Street has announced a replacement actress for the role of Bethany Platt after a previous actress was dropped over false age claims.

Newcomer Lucy Fallon, 19, began filming on the ITV soap earlier this week.

Fallon plays Gail McIntyre's 14-year-old granddaughter. Her first scenes are expected to air in late March.

Katie Redford was originally cast in the role, but was dropped by producers after it emerged she was 25, rather than 19, as claimed at the audition.

Producers only became aware of the discrepancy after Redford's real age was divulged online and became a point of discussion on social media.

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Image caption Katie Redford was dropped after it emerged she was 11 years older than her on-screen character

Speaking to BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat at the time, Redford's agent defended the actress, saying it "wasn't [Katie's] idea to audition as a 19-year-old".

"People in the industry do it regularly and she sort of went along with what we said," Joanne McLintock said.

"I'm feeling really stressed and so sorry for Katie. It's her first real job and she's a star in the making."

The character of Bethany was last seen in 2007 when she moved to Italy with her mother, Sarah Louise.

The storyline will see her return to Weatherfield from Milan, following a huge fall-out with her mum, who was just 13 when she gave birth to her in 2000.

Starring in her first TV role, Fallon admitted "walking onto the set was surreal and nerve-wracking".

But she added that everyone had been "really welcoming". "I am thrilled to have been given this great opportunity," said the Blackpool-born actress.

The teenager's reappearance paves the way for the return of Tina O'Brien, 31, who plays Sarah Louise. O'Brien returns to the soap a week after her onscreen daughter's appearance.

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