Kate Ford

Kate Ford

Coronation Street's Tracy Barlow is to embark on a romance with Ryan Connor.

The Weatherfield schemer - played by Kate Ford - infuriates Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh) when the barmaid learns she is dating her student son, especially when she realises he has spent the housekeeping money on a gift for his older lover.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "Michelle is not prepared to sit back and let Tracy get her claws into her son."

Sol Heras, who plays Ryan, recently revealed his character is set for a romance with an older woman.

He disclosed: "Ryan's love interest is a cougar! It'll come as quite a shock, but I can't tell you who it is yet."

However, the actor admitted he was hoping his on-screen alter ego would be getting close to Rovers Return landlady Stella Price (Michelle Collins).

He added: "I'd like it to be Stella".

The romance is likely to provide some light relief for Tracy, as this week she is rushed to hospital with a severe kidney infection which leaves her fighting for life.

Kate, who plays her, said: "It's a horrible situation and it's definitely life-threatening.

"Tracy loses consciousness for a few days and the doctors tell Ken and Deirdre to prepare for the worst.

"She is drifting in and out of consciousness and she genuinely thinks she might die.

"Tracy even says to Deirdre, 'I'm really sorry for all the mistakes I've made and I'm grateful for all the second chances you've given me'."