Why Emma Brooker will be missed so much in Coronation Street

Oh she will be missed! (Picture: ITV)

Coronation Street star Alexandra Mardell has announced that she will be leaving her role as the bubbly Emma Brooker.

Although it goes without saying that everyone wishes her the very best, the news has stunned fans – and it’s clear that this will be a huge loss for the ITV soap.

Emma arrived in 2018, joining the team at Audrey Roberts’ (Sue Nicholls) salon. Since then, we have taken her from her to our hearts. She soon became an integral part of Corrie, adding a comedic dose to proceedings with her daft but lovable persona of her.

A year on from her introduction, fans were so invested in her story that they developed a theory. Corrie later confirmed Emma to be the daughter of an unwitting Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) and his ex-girlfriend Fiona Middleton.

There were moving scenes by Alexandra as her alter ego came to terms with her true paternity, mourned the death of her adoptive dad and confronted mum Fiona in a wonderfully nostalgic cameo from Angela Griffin.

Emma and Steve in Corrie

The storyline changed everything for the McDonald family (Picture: ITV)

It’s important to note that Emma had already been embraced by the community before this twist. Her sweet nature shone through when she encouraged Chesney Brown (Sam Aston) to ask out Gemma Winter (Dolly-Rose Campbell) after their own shortlived romance.

Emma formed solid friendships with the pair, also growing close to Maria Connor (Samia Longchambon) as well as boss Audrey. But her new family connection de ella cemented her place de ella and broadened her reach on the cobbles.

Emma was drawn into storylines with both the McDonalds and Battersby-Tilsleys as her young half-brother Oliver battled mitochondrial disease before passing away.

Even as she played a supporting role in the heartbreaking storyline, Emma herself remained central to the show. Often found behind the bar at the Rovers Return, she has always been ready to offer entertaining commentary or a listening ear to the folk of Weatherfield.

Emma and Alina in Corrie

Emma struggled to deal with the news of Oliver’s illness (Picture: ITV)

It meant that in between plots, we were guaranteed her regular presence. A punter would ask for a pint and be treated to a gem of a one-liner by well-meaning Emma. When news of Norris Cole’s (Malcolm Hebden) death reached the pub last year, her response from her was “Oh no! Is he alright?”

The moment was classic Corrie, adding a sprinkling of lighthearted perfection to a poignant scene without being heavy-handed – a quality that should be known as Emma’s legacy.

Of course, she will always be remembered as part of the McDonald bloodline. But Emma is so much more than that. She is that character every soap needs: able to deliver fun, natural moments that make us laugh out loud week after week, as well as captivating the audience when under the spotlight.

The events of last year are a case in point. Following a series of mismatches, Emma was finally given a love interest with potential. But although she was undoubtedly Curtis Delamere’s (Sam Retford) first choice, Emma discovered he was lying about a terminal heart condition. The nation followed the story closely as she confronted Curtis in emotional scenes.

Emma is someone we have always championed to find long-term happiness, despite the dramatic genre she inhabits. That’s a testament to Corrie’s dedication to her character, and to Alexandra’s outstanding work in her role.

Now, with Emma caught up in a serious crime after covering up the death of pensioner Ted, a cheerful departure is looking increasingly unlikely. Thankfully, it seems the door will be left open for the future.

Regardless of the way she says goodbye, it won’t just be dad Steve set to miss Emma. From flatmate Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall), to pub landlady Jenny Connor (Sally Ann Matthews) and everyone in between, Emma has been a friend to all of her and her absence from her will have a lasting impact on the soap.

Coronation Street is losing part of its sparkle in Emma; an unforgettable, joyous character whose presence always brightened up the screen.

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