Coronation Street star teases Summer's new romance story

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Coronation Street's Harriet Bibby has spoken about her character Summer Spellman's new romance storyline.

Summer departed the cobbles earlier this year to study abroad in the US, but next week sees her come back with new boyfriend Felix in tow (played by The Tower and Doctors actor Robin Morrissey). However, her return isn't such a happy occasion as Paul Foreman's Motor Neurone Disease (MND) has progressed while she's been away.

Speaking to Inside Soap magazine, Bibby said that she was "a little bit happy and a little bit nervous" that Summer has a new fella.

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"We know Summer's history with boyfriends hasn't been the best," she said. "But I think that Summer is very sweet and deserves to be happy. We'll see whether she's met her match in terms of intellect and what they both enjoy!

"(Felix is) an intellectual guy. He's studying a PhD, so I think she likes that they can have conversations about things that other people may not find interesting."

Speaking about how Summer herself has changed since she went away to America, Bibby explained that: "Fundamentally she's the same Summer. But I feel as if this is the largest chunk of time she's spent away from home as an independent grown up.

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"So, like any teenager who gets that first moment of freedom, she's grown and come back more independent."

Although Summer has been having video calls with Paul and Billy Mayhew, it's still a shock for her to see how much Paul's health has deteriorated, with Paul now starting to use an eye-controlled machine to communicate.

"Even though Summer's expecting it, seeing him using that hits home a bit more," she said.

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

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