|Coronation Street character|
|Portrayed by||Georgia May Foote|
|First appearance||30 July 2010|
|Introduced by||Phil Collinson|
|Classification||Present; regular (departing)|
|Occupation||Kebab Shop Worker (2013)
|Home||19a Victoria Street|
Katy Armstrong is a fictional character from the British television soap opera, Coronation Street, played by Georgia May Foote. She made her first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 30 July 2010. Foote made previously appeared in the soap in January that same year as Jess Burrows. Katy is Owen Armstrong's (Ian Puleston-Davies) youngest daughter and Izzy Armstrong's (Cherylee Houston) sister. Her storylines have mostly revolved around her relationship with Chesney Brown (Sam Aston), becoming a mother to their son, Joseph and beginning an affair with Ryan Connor (Sol Heras). Foote's departure from the show was announced in April 2014, with her filming her final scenes in February 2015 and leaving a few months later.
On 9 June 2010, Daniel Kilkelly from Digital Spy announced that former Grange Hill actress Georgia May Foote had joined the cast of Coronation Street as Katy Armstrong. Foote was working in her local fish and chip shop when she learned that she had won the role, following an audition. She began filming her first scenes around the time of her casting announcement. Foote had previously made a guest appearance in Coronation Street as Jess Burrows in January 2010. Foote's "feisty and outspoken" character was introduced as the sister of Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston) and a love interest for Chesney Brown (Sam Aston).
Relationship with Chesney Brown and motherhood
Katy arrives in Coronation Street to visit her older sister, Izzy. She meets Chesney Brown at a birthday party and is "instantly attracted" to him. A show spokesperson explained "She loves the fact that he flogs stuff down the market and he can't believe his luck when she asks him out. She's absolutely gorgeous and he really couldn't have asked for a sexier first girlfriend." Katy and Chesney begin dating and Foote revealed that she wanted the couple to go the distance, saying "I'd like to see them make a go of it, they're a sweet couple - as long as Chesney does as he's told!" The actress commented that she enjoyed working with Aston, as they had attended the same drama school and had "a laugh" together, a fact the writers reflected on screen. Katy and Chesney later lost their virginity to each other. The couple were seen discussing the future of their relationship and whether to take things further. The spokesperson revealed that the storyline would be handled responsibly and Katy and Chesney would talk about the various contraceptives they could use. Katy and Chesney plan to have sex at her house when they learn her father, Owen (Ian Puleston-Davies), will be out of the house. However, shortly after Chesney arrives at Katy's, Owen decides to stay home and "scuppers the young lovers' plans". Chesney then learns his house is empty and he and Katy go there and have sex for the first time. Owen later finds out what has happened and he "hits the roof."
In February 2011, it was announced Katy would reveal her desire to have a child. She suggests starting a family to Chesney, who is left shocked because he believes they are too young to become parents. Kilkelly reported "However, after Katy continues to push the idea, Chesney is expected to change his mind and begin looking for a flat that he can rent with his girlfriend." A few months later, Foote explained Katy's motive behind her desire for a child was her mother's abandonment of her family. From that point, she did not have "a proper family" and Chesney experienced a similar situation. The actress revealed "They both feel like they're missing out on something, so Katy came up with the idea of having a baby and moving out of home." When Katy and Chesney learn that they are expecting a baby, they wonder how to tell their respective families. Foote believed Chesney's sister would be shocked, while Owen would "absolutely flip" because it is not what he wanted for his daughter.
Affair with Ryan Connor
On 30 January 2013, a reporter for The Sun revealed that Katy would grow closer to Ryan Connor (Sol Heras) in a forthcoming storyline. While they are running an errand together, their van breaks down and Katy and Ryan end up sharing a kiss. Foote and Heras were pictured filming the kissing scene on location. The following month, Foote teased the storyline during an appearance on Daybreak explaining that it begins when Katy is teased by her friends for being dull. The actress continued "It's her friend's 18th birthday, so they're having a party. They all keep taking the mick out of her, saying she's sitting at home and she's boring. She just wants to go out and have fun, and then [Ryan] starts making a bit of a move on her!" Ryan "sees Katy in a new light" when she turns up at The Bistro for her friend's birthday, where he is DJing. Heras commented that his character has not really noticed Katy before, as she is a stay at home mother, but seeing her "dolled up" and in his environment catches his attention. Heras said "He realises how pretty she is and what a gorgeous girl she is. He manages to sort it for her to get a job at the kebab shop and yes he probably does have an ulterior motive."
Katy and Ryan start to become closer at the kebab shop and one day go in for another kiss. Foote believed that Katy had not had a "teenage wild time" because of her relationship with Chesney and their son, so her head is turned by Ryan and it is exciting for her. Foote added that Katy does not mean to hurt Chesney, but the situation with Ryan gets out of her control. Chesney later proposes to Katy in front of their family and friends at Faye's (Ellie Leach) birthday party, but hours later he learns about her affair with Ryan. The Daily Star's Peter Dyke and Katie Begley reported that Chesney would confront Katy in front of their son, demanding to know whether she had sex with Ryan and threatening to beat him up. Chesney then "calls time on their romance" and throws Katy out.
On 27 April 2014, it was announced that Foote had been written out of the show. Foote stated that while she was sad to be leaving, she was excited about the challenge of future roles. She also praised her character's storylines and her co-stars. Executive producer Stuart Blackburn confirmed that Katy would not be killed-off and that the door would be left open for a possible return in the future. In August, Foote confirmed that she would be filming her final scenes in February 2015.
Katy attends Chesney Brown's birthday party with her sister, Izzy. Chesney soon tries to chat her up and they later get drunk and ride Izzy's wheelchair around the street but are caught by Katy's father, Owen (Ian Puleston-Davies), who takes her home. Chesney invites Katy to Roy (David Neilson) and Hayley Cropper's (Julie Hesmondhalgh) wedding reception and she makes her interest in him clear, while defending him from a comment by Rosie Webster (Helen Flanagan). Katy and Chesney becomes close and she spends a day with him at the market instead of going to school. She opens up to him about her mother, who could not deal with Izzy's disability and walked out on the family, as a result. Owen takes an aversion to Katy's growing bond with Chesney. Katy and Chesney decide that they want to have sex and Katy uses Izzy to cover for her. Owen becomes suspicious and soon finds out what has happened. He and Katy then argue. Chesney and Katy discuss moving in together, as Katy is sick of living at home with her father. The couple soon realise that they cannot afford a flat and offers them a compromise. Katy can move in with Chesney at 5 Coronation Street. A few months later, Chesney and Katy move out and rent a flat on Victoria Street.
Katy discovers she is pregnant and Owen offers to take her to an abortion clinic. Katy talks through her options with Izzy and when Chesney disappears, she decides to go through with an abortion. However, when Chesney returns and reveals that he was kidnapped by John Stape (Graeme Hawley), Katy chooses to keep the baby. When Chesney's sister and John's wife, Fiz (Jennie McAlpine), is arrested for John's crimes, Katy helps to look after her young daughter, Hope. Katy is cast as Mary in the local nativity play and during the performance, Katy goes into labour. Anna Windass (Debbie Rush) assists in delivering Katy and Chesney's son, Joseph. After bringing Joseph home, Katy struggles with being a mother and she leaves him unattended while she goes out. Katy briefly leaves the Street when she doubts her parenting skills, but she returns after talking things through with Izzy. After Izzy miscarries her own child, Katy offers to be a surrogate for her and her partner, Gary Windass (Mikey North). Katy, Chesney, Izzy and Gary see a fertility clinic counsellor. She asks Katy if she can see herself giving up a baby and questions whether she is emotionally strong enough. Izzy later changes her mind about the surrogacy, as she fears the family is being torn apart.
Katy's friends, Steph Britton (Tisha Merry) and Megan Smithson (Amy Dolan), arrive on Coronation Street and they become attracted to Ryan Connor (Sol Heras). Katy also develops a crush on Ryan and she begins a short-lived affair with him. Katy and Ryan are then spotted by Gary, so he punches Ryan. As they descend into fighting, Chesney witnesses it and realises that Katy has been cheating on him. He confronts her and throws her out onto the street. Katy and Joseph move in with Owen and Anna and Chesney sees his son regularly. Owen struggles to accept Ryan as part of the family, so Katy moves out. She moves in with Ryan, his mother, Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh), and Michelle's boyfriend, Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson). Chesney is jealous when he sees Katy and Ryan together, so begins a relationship with Beth Tinker's (Lisa George) niece, Sinead (Katie McGlynn). Katy discovers that Gary tried to kiss surrogate mother, Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan), so doesn't speak to them. When Izzy tells Katy not to trust Ryan, Katy says the same about Gary, puzzling Izzy. She then realises what has been going on, and confronts Gary and Tina. Tina then goes into labour with Izzy and Gary's baby, two months prematurely. This devastates Izzy and she does not want to see Gary, Katy or Ryan, as they knew about Gary's betrayal.
Katy tells Chesney that she doesn't like how much time Sinead is spending with Joseph. This leads Chesney to make a horrible remark about Ryan and his drug addiction, so Katy leaves. Sinead sees that Chesney is using her to get back at Katy, which puts their relationship on the rocks. When Katy and Ryan ask Chesney to look after Joseph for the night, he tells them that he and Sinead are going out, but when it transpires that they are not, Sinead and Chesney have an explosive argument. When Katy tries to give Sinead boyfriend advise, the two girls clash, leading to them arguing in the street. Later that day, Sinead's aunt, Beth, and her partner, Kirk Sutherland (Andrew Whyment), witness Ryan kissing another girl, Jamie-Lee (Kate Holderness). They decide to tell Chesney and Sinead and when Katy and Chesney argue later, he uses this to upset Katy. Katy is later heartbroken when she looks on Ryan's mobile phone and sees a series of text messages from Jamie-Lee. Ryan covers Jamie-Lee's identity up, by saying that she is a nightclub friend of his. However, Katy wasn't fooled and decided to break up with Ryan. She then begs Chesney for another chance. However he refuses, saying that she shouldn't expect him to forgive her after taking their son away from him and move in with Ryan.
Katy and Chesney eventually reunite, after Chesney breaks up with Sinead. They both realise that they are only back together for the sake of Joseph, so decide to break up again. Katy's friend, Steph, returns to the street and reveals that their enemy, Sasha Lemon, is having a party and manages to persuade Katy to attend. In 2014, Katy goes head-to-head with Gail McIntyre (Helen Worth), in order to get a job as a receptionist, at the new new gym run by Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin) and Kal Nazir (Jimi Mistry). Dev wants to hire Katy, while Kal would prefer Gail to get the job. Katy and Gail hear the way that Dev and Kal are talking about them and they come to a decision where they both get the job and both work part-time, with the wages being pushed up by £1. When Katy finds out that Anna slept with Owen's former business partner, Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre), as it was the only way for her to stop him reporting Gary to the police, she decides to take Joseph to live in Steph's flat.
For her portrayal of Katy, Foote was included on the long-list for Best Soap Newcomer at the 2011 TV Choice Awards. Roz Laws, writing for the Sunday Mercury, commented "Katy and Chesney are barely out of nappies but the young lovers are moving in together. I think Katy has been watching too much Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, as she's left school to become a teenage mum and housewife." During her review of Coronation Street's Christmas storylines, Sarah Dempster from The Guardian commented "Sing hosanna, then, for Katy Armstrong's uterus. The impetuous organ presented Weatherfield with its first ever nativity-within-a-nativity, a neonatal turducken that would (temporarily) muffle the chaos and (briefly) drown out the boo-hooing."
In February 2013, Laura Morgan from All About Soap wrote "Forget the upcoming Rovers fire, the most smoking thing on the street has to be the growing attraction between hot couple Katy and Ryan. This sexy young pair look so damn good together you’d be forgiven for forgetting that Katy's actually already spoken for. Whoops!" Morgan added that while Katy and Chesney are sweet, she had never bought into their relationship and thought that it was about time Katy looked for excitement elsewhere.
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