Corrie star gets new role as air hostess

Coronation Street star Naomi Russell is to play an air hostess in Sky One's new drama series Mile High.

Her new character is described as a "nutter" and very different from her role as Bobbi in the ITV soap.

Viewers will see Bobbi make a dramatic exit from the Street next week, after two and a half years.

Naomi says she had no idea that producers were planning to axe Bobbi, along with Dr Matt and his wife Charlie, played by Stephen Beckett and Claire McGlinn.

"I don't think anyone expected to be axed," she tells the Mirror's Look magazine.

"I walked in with all these ideas of what direction Bobbi should take, but suddenly I was being told what direction she was going to take.

"It came after New Year when we were all still on a high and looking forward to getting back to work. But my mum said: "No matter what you are doing, I'll always be proud of you" and that's all you want to hear isn't it?"

Naomi says she is glad that Bobbi goes out of Coronation Street with a bang.

She adds: "Filming the grand finale scenes were brilliant. They were very emotional and Bobby exits in an explosive way. I'm pleased with being given a meaty storyline to leave on. I don't just go to the corner shop for a pint of milk and never come back, so Bobbi may return to Weatherfield. Who knows?

"I've loved my time on the Street. It will be sad to walk along the cobbles for the last time. And it will be strange not working with the people I have spent the last couple of years with. Still, I will be dragging them out for a big booze-up, so I'll leave them all with sore heads."

Naomi will be flying out to Spain to film Mile High later this year.

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