Coronation Street star Kate Ford has admitted that Tracy Barlow's health scare will not change her scheming nature.
Later this week, Tracy is diagnosed with a severe kidney infection which leaves her fighting for life.
Ford told the Daily Mirror: "It's a horrible situation and it's definitely life-threatening.
"Tracy loses consciousness for a few days and the doctors tell Ken and Deirdre to prepare for the worst.
"She is drifting in and out of consciousness and she genuinely thinks she might die.
"Tracy even says to Deirdre, 'I'm really sorry for all the mistakes I've made and I'm grateful for all the second chances you've given me'."
Discussing Tracy showing a softer side, Ford laughed: "It must be all the medication she is on!
"Tracy does show her vulnerability, but a leopard never changes its spots, so enjoy it while it lasts."
The actress admitted that she has enjoyed having a quieter time on the soap in recent months.
She said: "I quite like that, actually. More recently the heavier storylines have fallen to characters such as Peter Barlow and Carla Connor, but that can be very tiring and full-on for the actors involved.
"It's nice, as a mum, that I've been quieter. Some weeks I might only be in a couple of days, or not needed at all, so I get to spend more time with my son."
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