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Jessica Sansome

ITV Coronation Street's Lydia star Rebecca Ryan debuts stunning new look ahead of soap exit

Coronation Street star Rebecca Ryan is already shaking off her bunny boiler character's image as she debuted a stunning new look.

The actress, from Manchester, joined the ITV soap back in December. She played Lydia Chambers, a PA to one of Underworld's clients who befriended Sarah Barlow after they bonded over having sons the same age.

However, what Sarah wouldn't have expected is that her new friend is a former university flame of her husband, Adam Barlow. And, after he forgot who she was on their first meeting, she set about taking revenge for his actions all those years ago.

READ MORE: ITV Coronation Street fans 'work out' Lydia's downfall as they question Daniel's series of blunders

Since then she has been causing havoc for the solicitor, claiming to Sarah that the pair have been having an affair and managing to 'prove' her lies by planting a phone in their flat and setting up text messages between them.

But during dramatic Coronation Street scenes on Monday night, Lydia and Adam entered into another confrontation after he attempted to record their conversation but to no avail as Lydia quickly worked out his plan. After she tried to escape and head up the escalator, the pair entered into another confrontation where an emotional Lydia jogged Adam's memory about their time dating back at university and how badly he treated her.

She told how she was left seeking an abortion alone when she fell pregnant at the age of 19. As he apologised for his actions back then, bringing up his own family life that he believes played into his persona, Lydia had to rush off to collect her son, Finn, from school. However, when Adam asked if Lydia could tell Sarah the truth, Lydia became enraged and she ended up slapping Adam.

Lydia and Adam in Coronation Street (ITV)

And, as he went to stop her from walking away, she shoved her ex over a first-floor railing. His uncle, Daniel Osbourne, witnessed Adam crashing to the ground in front of him without seeing who it was as a stunned Lydia quickly escaped the empty shopping centre.

It has already been confirmed that Lydia will be making her Weatherfield exit this month and Rebecca, who plays her, has already undergone a change by going for 'the chop'. Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, the 30-year-old unveiled that she had decided to transform her long, brunette locks into a brand new choppy bob.

Rebecca has shown off her new look (Rebecca Ryan Instagram)

Posing for a selfie, which she shared with her thousands of Instagram followers, in a floral top as the spring sunshine teased its way through the windows behind her, Rebecca said: "Gone for the chop. New hair don't care."

She then shared another snap of herself her standing in front of a mirror at her home, wearing a sunshine yellow t-shirt and posing with a peace sign and a pout for the camera. Captioning the post, Rebecca said: "Repping my @dariusrucker t-shirt today!! Beers and sunshine #countrymusic."

As many fans know Rebecca, who has also started in Shameless, Waterloo Road, and Casualty, joined Corrie shortly after her brother, Jack James Ryan, who plays Jacob Hay.

Rebecca and her brother who is also starring in Corrie (Jack James Ryan/Instagram)

And earlier this week as Lydia's latest twist aired, Jack took to social media to gush over his sister acting performance.

He tweeted: "Just caught up with #Corrie and I genuinely couldn’t be any prouder of my big sister tonight! "She’s playing an absolute blinder, giving such dynamism and depth to the role.

"I’ll never get bored of seeing my big sister smashing it on the telly @RebeccaRyan1 @itvcorrie."

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