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Manchester Evening News
Katie Fitzpatrick

Corrie star Ellie Leach looks a world away from cobbles as she draws gasps at Grand National weekend

She has been part of some of the most emotional storylines on the cobbles since joined Coronation Street back in 2011, and Ellie Leach looked a far cry from all the drama in Weatherfield at Aintree Ladies' Day. Ellie, who plays Faye Windass in the ITV soap, beamed as she turned heads at Grand National weekend looking pretty in pink.

The 22-year-old from Bury drew gasps as she shared snaps on her Instagram of herself in a floral patterned dress from The Real Housewives of Cheshire star Seema Malhotra's fashion brand Forever Unique. She teamed her puff-sleeved dress with towering Barbie pink heels and matching mini bag.

Her fellow Corrie star cousin Brooke Vincent, who played Sophie Webster, replied with a stream of heart emojis and Lucy Fallon, who played Bethany Platt, exclaimed: "Girrrrrlieeeeeee."

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Sacha Parkinson, who played Sian Powers in the show, shouted: "Oh Elllleeeee you look STUNNING!" dorathyandj praised: "Wow princess vibes." Kellywindridge asked: "Omg where is that outfit from ?? you look beautiful x" And Olivia Thorn gasped: "Oh my Ellie."

Ellie's long-suffering character Faye has been at the centre of the drama after the return of her daughter Miley, who she gave birth to at the age of 13. Previously Faye did a stint in prison for attacking Adam Barlow after mistaking him for sleazy boss Ray Crosby, shortly after her release she collided with an elderly man on a driving lesson who later died, and later she was diagnosed with early menopause.

Now Faye, who is reportedly leaving the show this summer, is wrestling with her emotions after the daughter she gave up so could start a new life in Canada with her dad, came back into her life. Faye was just 12 when she found out that she was pregnant with Jackson Hodge, who was a year above her at Weatherfield High School, and she gave birth to Miley in 2015.

Jackson made contact again after returning to the UK and Faye explained to stepmum Sally Metcalfe that she came to terms with never being a mother due to her menopause and didn't want to run the risk of stirring up her feelings by seeing Miley. At first she was fuming when her dad Tim welcomed them into his house, but she has turned out to be natural mum and viewers are wondering if she will ditch Weatherfield and boyfriend Craig Tinker for a new life with her ex and their daughter.

Last year Faye was knocked sideways by devastating news as she went to see her GP. Faye had an appointment with Dr Susan Gaddass over concerns about her irregular periods which she had put down to stress.

In the medical centre Dr Gaddas broke the news to Faye, who was 20 at the time, that she was suffering from early menopause and would never be able to have any more children unless it was with a donor. Dr Gaddas told her that she had premature ovarian failure, which means the ovaries can no longer produce eggs.

A devastated Faye was told the ovaries can't be re-started once they've stopped producing, but she could be treated with HRT (Hormone replacement therapy). "It's sometimes called early menopause although that's a term we don't like to use," said Dr Gaddass. And Faye pleaded: "I can't have the menopause. I'm only 20."

Dr Gaddass gently explained: "It can sometimes affect the young. It's rare." And she told Faye: "You can't have kids using your own eggs but can be a surrogate with an IVF donor."


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