Coronation Street star confirms Toyah suspicion in cult storyline

Note: This story discusses topics including rape and baby loss.

Coronation Street spoilers follow.

Coronation Street star Emrhys Cooper has confirmed that Toyah Battersby is onto his cult leader character of Rowan Cunliffe in a recent creepy storyline.

Rowan has appeared in recent (and will appear in upcoming) episodes of the soap as the figurehead of an organisation called The Institute; a cult targeting Nick Tilsley, Leanne Battersby and Simon Barlow.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Cooper has confirmed that Toyah – Leanne's stepsister – has her suspicions.

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"I would love to tell you [about how much danger Leanne is in], but I honestly don't know yet, and I'm dying to find out," he said.

"Toyah is suspicious but Rowan isn't fazed by Toyah's reaction, he’s used to it. He wholeheartedly believes in the cause and isn't thrown easily."

Cooper also teased some upcoming developments in the storyline.

"What you've seen of Rowan so far is only the tip of the iceberg. He's very clever and good at what he does. And, yes, Leanne is in awe of him. There will be other residents who will be in his thrall and may find themselves in the institute."

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Note: This section discusses topics including rape and baby loss.

Elsewhere for Toyah, a separate devastating storyline will address a particular traumatic event from her past.

Following Toyah's assault and rape at the hands of Phil Simmonds in 2001, viewers will learn that she fell pregnant as a result.

In a particularly devastating twist, it is set to be revealed that Toyah's baby was stillborn, and she was forced to bury her baby in a park.

If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

Organisations including Sands and Tommy's are able to offer help and support to anyone affected by baby loss.

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.

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