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Molly Dobbs
Molly Compton.jpg
Molly Dobbs in 2009.
Coronation Street
Portrayed by Vicky Binns
Duration 2005—
First appearance 5 September 2005
Profile
Occupation Shop Assistant
Residence 9 Coronation Street

Molly Cosette Dobbs (née Compton) is a fictional character in the UK television ITV soap opera, Coronation Street. Portrayed by actress Vicky Binns,[1] the character first appeared onscreen during the episode airing on 5 September 2005.

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Creation

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Background

The character of Molly was brought into the soap opera as the daughter of local baker Diggory Compton to give the character more links in the street, although the character eventually left Coronation Street in 2006. She was a former class mate of character Fiz Brown who used to bully her and once arrived in the street decided to take revenge. She originally worked in the bakery until her fathers departure when she began working at Dev Alahan's shop where she has remained.

Casting

Vicky Binns was selected to join Coronation Street as a rival for at-the-time already established character Fiz Brown. Vicky found it really hard to play the part because she was required to bully the character even though she is real-life best friend of actress Jennie McAlpine. As she told the Manchester Evening News: "They brought me in to play her rival, which is ridiculous. It really requires some acting." [2]

Development

Personality and identity

The Coronation Street official website described Molly as a bubbly, optimistic, friendly and outgoing character. She first arrived in Weatherfield after her father bought the bakery in May 2005. There were rumours that she would leave along with her father in July 2006, but she stayed on and has no plans to quit the soap any time soon. [1] Vicky Binns, who plays Molly, has revealed that she is grateful that her character appears to be "un-trendy". [3] Molly's look did change a little at the beginning of 2008 after the actress went on a strict weight loss regime. However, the producer of Coronation Street was supportive of the actress and did not mind changing Molly's look slightly.[4] Actress Vicky also stated in another interview that Molly is stubborn and that honesty is the element of a relationship she wants most, which was why she was so stubborn to forgive Tyrone for his deception.[5]

Another focal point of the characters style is her rucksack, which,since her inception she is nearly almost featured with. Binns once stated that she didn't think her character would ever stop wearing it.[6] Gareth McLean of the Radio times even joked that when Molly and Kevin consumated their relationship, he doubted Molly would remove her rucksack.[7]

Relationships

Molly's relationship with Tyrone Dobbs begins in 2006. Their relationship has been long-term and their relationship was perfect to start off with. After Molly moves into Jack and Vera's to be with Tyrone permanently she wants to take her relationship to the next level and forms a close bond with Vera. She even turns to her for advice on furthering her relationship with her boyfriend, in scenes which the actress said were really funny.[8] The media called the pairing the next 'Jack and Vera' with the show's bosses even stating their potential. Actress Vicky Binns stated in an interview that she was flattered but didn't think they could ever replace the couple adding that: "You can't really replace anyone like that. The show progresses and changes so much with new characters you don't even know if they'll keep Molly and Tyrone together. But I suppose Molly is quite bossy and, like Vera, will keep Tyrone under her thumb."[9] The characters go on to buy their own home together and eventually get engaged. They hit one of their first real rocky patches when Molly finds out that Tyrone has been selling dodgy goods with her Aunt Pam Hobsworth. Vicky Binns also revealed that she and Alan, who plays her onscreen fiance, work so well together and hope that they had many more scenes to come and also told that real life fans approach her in the street to ask where Tyrone is.[10]

Molly and Tyrone's best friend and colleague Kevin Webster begin an affair in 2009 but during the Christmas Day episode he ends the relationship after discovering his wife, Sally, has breast cancer.

Storylines

Molly Compton is the daughter of former local baker, Diggory Compton. [11] When she first arrives, it becomes clear that she was a victim of bullying at school, with one of the bullies being Fiz Brown. Molly used to work for Fiz's boyfriend Kirk Sutherland, whom she flirted with to get revenge on Fiz.

After briefly working in her father's shop and at Kirk's kennels, Molly now works for Dev Alahan at D&S Alahans Corner shop. Molly begins dating Tyrone Dobbs and lives with him and their lodger Jack Duckworth, they previously also lived with his wife Vera, before her natural death in January 2008, which leaves them devastated.

After Vera's death, Molly and Tyrone buy the Duckworths' house and live there with Jack, and also keep Jack and Vera's grandson Paul Clayton in as lodger until he leaves in May 2008. [12]

In an episode airing in May 2008 Molly decides to make her mark on the Duckworths' house by removing the stone cladding that Vera had got put on the front of the house during the eighties. Jack agrees with this move but Tyrone is not happy as he sees the cladding as a memory to the late Vera. Eventually as the builders proceed to remove the cladding they inform her that the job would be much more expensive as the cladding is ruining the brick work as it is being removed. The cheapest option is for the cladding to remain on the house. [13]

In July 2008, Tyrone is advised by Jack to propose marriage to Molly at a fancy restaurant. Tyrone unfortunately does not propose at that moment. Molly later plans a surprise proposal to Tyrone and the two get engaged, also with the help of Pam, who arrives on the programme during this period.[14] [15] [16]

In episodes airing in August 2008, Tyrone decide that Molly should meet his mother Jackie. Everything is all going to plan, until Molly and Tyrone discover that Jackie is £1,000 in debt to an old friend of his father's and needs the money to pay this off, much to Molly's despair as Tyrone agrees to help her. They use their wedding savings to pay him off, this put their plans on hold for Molly to afford her dream wedding dress.

Molly and Tyrone Marry (2009).

In December 2008, Molly becomes suspicious of Tyrone's behaviour. He has secretly been selling dodgy merchandise with Pam, to help pay for their wedding. She mistakenly thinks that Tyrone is having an affair with Minnie Chandra after she spots the pair flirting, when in reality Minnie is buying perfume and T-shirts from Tyrone. When Tyrone confesses that he has been selling with Pam, Molly is furious and leaves him, saying that she can no longer trust him. She later forgives him, and they get married on 12 January 2009.

In 2009 Molly strikes up a friendship with her husband's workmate Kevin Webster. The two, along with Jason Grimshaw, train together for the local fun run. Although Kevin jealously accuses Jason of sleeping with Molly, Molly laughs it off and they remain friends. Kevin is the only person to support Molly at the local fun run and, the same night, Kevin looks longingly at photos of Molly at the fun run on his mobile phone. In June 2009, Molly confronts Kevin to why he is acting so strangely around her; Kevin reluctantly admits that he is in love with her. Molly slaps him and left, but outside the garage she smiles to herself.

They later begin an affair which is nearly exposed at Sally's birthday party in July 2009, however Molly smoothes things over. Molly then ends her affair with Kevin and goes on holiday with Tyrone, however, when she returns in August 2009 she runs the fun run again with Kevin and they celebrate by having sex at a hotel near by. Some weeks later Pam spots Molly kissing Kevin. When Pam confronts Molly about her affair, Molly declares that she is in love with Kevin. However, Pam disapproves and gives her an ultimatum, either she confesses to Tyrone or she ends her affair. As a result, she has no choice but to pretend to end her affair with Kevin. However, when she has a conversation with Tyrone about Kevin and Sally's marriage, Molly discovers that she's not the only liason of Kevin's as Tyrone mentions that he has had numerous affairs in the past, which she feels very insulted about.

Molly and Kevin soon confess their love for each other, and pledge to leave their respective spouses and start a new life together. However, Sally Webster has a confession of her own to make - she has breast cancer. On Christmas Day just as Kevin is about to tell Sally that he is leaving her, she breaks the news of her illness. Kevin then hurries over to Molly and Tyrone's house, on the pretence of needing stuffing for the turkey, after seeing Molly sitting Tyrone down. When Tyrone leaves the house to go to the Rovers, Kevin tells Molly about Sally's breast cancer. Selfish, Molly tearfully says how unfair it was, not for Sally, but for them. Angry, Kevin tells her that their relationship is over, as she is the least of his worries, and how he would support Sally through her illness.

In January 2010, Molly promises to be a better wife to Tyrone upon their first wedding anniversary. However, when the anniversary of Vera's death, Molly announces that she is leaving Tyrone, despite him begging her to stay. She denies that she has been seeing someone else and moves into the flat above Dev's shop. In March 2010 Molly will find out that she is 4 months pregnant, with the father being between Kevin and Tyrone.

Reception

Ian Wylie of The Manchester Evening News praised the character and actress for scenes which aired during the highly publicised death of long-term character Vera Duckworth, stating: "readers will know how impressed I was by the acting of Vicky Binns in scenes immediately following the death of Vera Duckworth"[17]

The affair between Molly and Kevin received some negative attention, and criticism for changes in Molly's character. [18] Vicky Binns, however, was surprised at positive reaction: "I love playing a minx. Women give me a nudge and a wink when I'm in the supermarket and say, 'You go girl!'" [19]

References

  1. ^ a b "Molly Compton". ITV.com. August 21, 2007. http://www.itv.com/Soaps/coronationstreet/castandcharacters/atoe/MollyCompton/default.html. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  2. ^ "Corrie is driving me barking!". Manchest Evening News. February 21, 2006. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/entertainment/film_and_tv/s/205/205198_corrie_is_driving_me_barking.html. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  3. ^ "Vicky Binns happy to be untrendy". Digital Spy. July 28, 2008. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a116322/corrie-actress-happy-to-be-un-trendy.html. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  4. ^ "The Life of Wylie: Coronation street: Vicky Binns". Manchest Evening News. January 07, 2008. http://blogs.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/ianwylie/2008/01/coronation_street_vicky_binns.html. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  5. ^ "Exclusive: I've turned into brideszilla after getting ready for Coronation Street wedding". Daily Record. December 11, 2005. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/showbiz-news/celebrity-interviews/2008/12/11/exclusive-i-ve-turned-into-bridezilla-after-getting-ready-for-coronation-street-wedding-admits-vicky-binns-86908-20961699/. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  6. ^ Fame editor (29 July 2008). "Corrie star glad to be 'untrendy' - Metro.co.uk". Metro. http://www.metro.co.uk/fame/article.html?in_article_id=239660&in_page_id=7. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  7. ^ Gareth McLean (19 June 2009). "The week in soapland - Blogs - Radio Times". Radio Times. http://www.radiotimes.com/blogs/661-soaps-good-neighbours/. 
  8. ^ "Jack & Vera: The Joy of Sex". Sunday Mail. February 26, 2008. http://www.metro.co.uk/fame/article.html?in_article_id=179194&in_page_id=7&in_a_source=. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  9. ^ "Exclusive: I've turned into brideszilla after getting ready for Coronation Street wedding". Daily Record. December 11, 2005. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/showbiz-news/celebrity-interviews/2008/12/11/exclusive-i-ve-turned-into-bridezilla-after-getting-ready-for-coronation-street-wedding-admits-vicky-binns-86908-20961699/. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  10. ^ "Vicky Binns' co-star praise". My Park Magazine. July 18, 2008. http://www.myparkmag.co.uk/articles/television/coronation-street/vicky-binns-co-star-praise.html. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  11. ^ "Molly helps out Maria". Digital Spy. September 5, 2005. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a23933/molly-helps-out-maria.html. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  12. ^ "Money". The Sun. February 11, 2008. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/money/article789130.ece. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  13. ^ "Vera's stone cladding is to be removed". Digital Spy. November 20, 2007. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a80244/veras-stone-cladding-is-to-be-removed.html. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  14. ^ "Tyrone doesn't fiance proposal". The Sun. July 16, 2008. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/article1430985.ece. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  15. ^ "Proposal full of hitches". The Sun. July 25, 2008. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/article1471622.ece. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  16. ^ "Tyrone's scrambled proposal". Metro. June 17, 2008. http://www.metro.co.uk/fame/article.html?in_article_id=179194&in_page_id=7&in_a_source=. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  17. ^ "Coronation Street: Vicky And Vera". Manchester Evening News. June 04, 2008. http://blogs.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/ianwylie/2008/06/coronation_street_vicky_and_ve.html. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  18. ^ "Grace Dent's World of Lather". The Guardian. June 20, 2009. http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/jun/20/soap-operas-world-of-lather. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  19. ^ "Vicky Binns Turns Off Coronation Street". STV Entertainment. December 16, 2009. http://entertainment.stv.tv/tv/144895-vicky-binns-turns-off-coronation-street. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 

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