Corries Alexandra Mardell on planning her wedding and stealing an Emma memento from the set


When we meet actress Alexandra Mardell for a chat about life after Coronation Street, we soon find that she’s just as upbeat and vivacious as her on-screen alter ego, Emma Brooker.

The 28-year-old, known as Ali, is not only auditioning for new roles but is also planning her wedding to fiancé Joe Parker. The couple, who met at drama school and got engaged in April 2021, will tie the knot next year.

“Everything starts at once. I love that. It’s very me,” she says. “But yes, the wedding plans are much more successful than Emma’s. We still have over a year left, so I’m just taking it one small step at a time. I’m very excited.”

With fiancé Joe



The star says her time with Corrie was incredible

But as she swoons over her wedding thoughts, many tears have been shed when it came time to say goodbye to her Corrie friends, including her on-screen family, the McDonalds.

Emma’s first big story revealed that the father she just lost was actually her stepfather and she was actually the child of Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) and Fiona Middleton (Angela Griffin).

“That was the icing on the cake. I was thrilled to be thrust into such an iconic family. Working with them – with Kate Ford [Tracy] and Simon – was so much fun. I had a great time.”

Indeed, joining the McDonald clan can be a double-edged blessing for an actor, as Simon has a reputation for making the cast laugh during filming.

“It’s difficult to get through a scene,” says Ali. “Bless him, he’s so funny. I remember watching one time and they cut me and I just laughed. But I know I laughed about it. I wasn’t in character.”

Although she has decided to leave the soap opera, Ali has only happy memories of her time in Weatherfield.

“It’s still kind of surreal,” she grins. “Being in Corrie has always been a career goal and the fact that I was lucky enough to get that opportunity is just ridiculous. And for that I am infinitely grateful. I think it’s the people I’ll miss the most. I know everyone says it, but it’s really like one big family.”

The actress says she’s open to post-Corrie TV or theater roles

Ali feels like she’s had a good time on the cobbles after arriving in April 2018. “My original contract was only for six months and that wasn’t long enough for me,” she says. “I was just praying that I could stay a little longer. Luckily I did.”

Therefore, the decision to part with a regular salary and her beloved colleagues was not easy.

“It was really difficult,” she admits. “Even now I’m thinking, ‘What have I done?’ I know it’s right for me, but I can see people staying there for 20 or 60 years because it’s just such a great place to work.”

When it came time to film her final scene, Ali confessed that things got pretty emotional. Scenes are not necessarily shot in the order in which they are shown, but on this occasion, Ali’s final scene was Emma’s last appearance on the show.

“I was so lucky and really pleased that my last scene was my last scene, especially with Covid still lurking around and schedules changing,” she says. “I didn’t expect it to be so emotional. I knew, of course, that I would be upset to say goodbye to everyone, but when the assistant director said, ‘This is closure. This is Alexandra’s last scene.” I just burst into tears uncontrollably. I couldn’t stop.

Alexandra said she takes wedding planning slowly

“I thought, ‘What’s wrong with me?’ I was just so overwhelmed. I think because of all the support from the cast and crew who were there at that moment and came to say goodbye. It really got me
and I was very upset – very sad to say goodbye.”

The actress, who was born in Leeds and trained at the Guildford School of Acting, says the role of Emma was a bit of a change from her previous jobs.

“Before I came to Corrie, the characters I played were pretty mean,” she says. “So it was a nice change for me.”

It’s hardly surprising that after so many months being unable to socialize or film normally due to Covid restrictions, the Corrie cast and crew stepped in for Ali’s recent departure.

“It was so nice. It was the first time we were all able to get together so everyone was very excited to be there and be with each other. That was pretty overwhelming. It was a really nice farewell.”

A farewell gift particularly caught the actress’ eye. “I think my favorite – I should have been wearing it by now – was a necklace that said Ali on the front and the date of my first episode on the back.”

Alexandra said she understands why actors have stayed with the soap for 20 years

The stunner is getting married next year

Upon leaving, she also made sure to pick up some special keepsakes of Emma.

“I took a large pink fur coat that Emma was wearing
her hen, which I will probably never carry, and
her pink plaid skirt.”

Emma has always worn her heart on her sleeve, so fans were thrilled to see the perpetual romantic finally get her happy ending and fly to Australia with Jon.

“It was definitely her priority and her dream,” Ali admits. “Now she has found the perfect man.”

Looking to the future, Ali remains open about what she will do next.

“I’ve always loved auditioning, so it’s nice to get back into it,” says Ali, whose only previous TV role was on an episode of Vera. “Fortunately, because Joe is also an actor, we have a system and we help each other a lot. I am open for everything. I don’t have a specific goal – TV, film, theatre, musicals – I just want to try everything.”

However, she has at least one dream role in mind. “I’ve always wanted to play Miss Hannigan in Annie – but I might have to wait a while.”

And Ali isn’t ruling out a return to Coronation Street at some point in the future.

“The goodbye was hard enough. But this hope that one day there’s a possibility that I could go back, that’s kind of what keeps me going.

“It might not be goodbye forever,” she adds. “You never know.”

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