Exclusive: Coronation Street's Jennie McAlpine: 'Being a mum is the best job in the world'

Published Tuesday, Feb 24 2015, 00:02 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Coronation Street's Jennie McAlpine gave birth to a baby boy in November – and she loves being a first-time mum.

The bubbly actress – who plays Corrie favourite Fiz Stape and also runs Annie's restaurant in Manchester with her long-term partner Chris Farr – says baby Albert has been a joy.

She said: "He's just fitted so perfectly into our lives. Seeing him smile is the best bit."

Jennie McAlpine and partner Chris at the British Soap Awards 2014 three days after Jennie announced her pregnancy, 24 May 2014

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Jennie with partner Chris Farr

Jennie, 31, admits she's turned to her Corrie co-stars for support since giving birth.

She said: "I'm kind of just copying other mum's that I see do it really well, including my mates at Corrie who have got little ones and do it brilliantly.

The star says she tries to be a relaxed mum, but couldn't do it without the support of her family and co-stars.

"I'm quite a chilled out person, but I am getting a lot of support," she says.

"Albert has amazing grandparents and all my friends at Corrie are honorary aunties and uncles.

"I'm just in awe of mums or dads who do it on their own. I need the support!"

Jennie McAlpine launches Annies Tea Shop takeouts, 10 February 2015

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Jennie and Chris at Annie's

Jennie plans to make her return to the Street by the summer, and admits she's keeping a close eye on the ITV soap – especially her on screen love interest Tyrone Dobbs, played by Alan Halsall.

"I watch it and I love it when Tyrone mentions Fiz," she says.

"I don't want them to forget me, so it's lovely when they mention my name in a scene."

Corrie, Tyrone asks Fiz to run away, Wed 6 Feb


Fiz and Tyrone in Coronation Street

Reveal magazine issue 8, 2015. Cover image
The down-to-earth redhead has been with boyfriend Chris for ten years, but the couple have no plans to marry in the near future.

Jennie said: "We'll fit it in one day, but at the moment we have enough on."

"Chris runs Annie's, so me and Albert call in to see him every day. It's great and Chris is really enjoying being a dad.

"The restaurant has become a Manchester landmark, which I love. All my Corrie cast mates come in because they think they'll get free chips!"

To read about Jennie's fun Corrie mother and baby club, pick up a copy of the magazine, out now.

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