Corrie's Paula Wilcox on Elaine's intent as viewers uncover she's …

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Corrie viewers were suspicious of her when she arrived to see Yasmeen Nazir last week.

But now it has been revealed that Elaine, Geoff Metcalfe’s ex-wife, is actually Tim’s mum – and he has no idea.

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Corrie's Paula Wilcox on Elaine's intent as viewers discover she's …

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Paula Wilcox, who plays Elaine, made her first appearance on Coronation Street last week as she plucked up the courage to visit Yasmeen in prison.

And in last night’s episode of the ITV soap, she told a shocked Alya the truth about who she really is.

Corrie's Paula Wilcox on Elaine's intent as viewers discover she's …

Elaine – or Phillipa as she was known – fled her abusive marriage in 1973 fearing for her life but evil Geoff refused to let her take Tim.

But as he married again, Geoff lied to Tim letting him believe that his second wife Tessa was his mum.

Geoff told her if she ever came back and had anything to do with their son, he would kill her so Philippa changed her name at random by deed poll.

And Geoff has no idea that Phillipa is now called Elaine – so he would never have been able to find her if he had looked.

Speaking about Elaine’s arrival on the cobbles and her decision to visit Yasmeen, Paula says: “I don’t think she’d have thought about it that clearly and that clinically.

“But I think 50 years ago, no one would have talked about this. 50 years ago you would have ran away and you’d have been lucky to start a new life.

“You wouldn’t talk to anyone about that as it would have been seen as something quite shameful and a weakness on your part.”

Elaine will introduce herself to Sally
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Paula continued: “But that’s changed. So over the years, I think it’s become more and more possible to discuss it.

“Seeing this story in the paper, and knowing Geoff was doing to someone else what he did to her, I think now it feels like the time it would be possible to not quite face Geoff but at least to stand-up and say something.

“I suspect it’s taken her a while to speak out but once she sees Yasmeen in prison for attacking Geoff, that’s just the wrong way round.

“So I think that, coupled with this now building sense of injustice, unfairness, longing to see her son and longing to have justice in her life, she has forced herself to do something about it.”

Corrie fans will next week see Elaine reveal her identity to Tim’s wife Sally.

But as she later heads to Street Cars looking for Tim, she’s horrified when Geoff approaches.

How will Tim react when he discovers his whole life has been built on lies?

Coronation Street continues Wednesday at 7.30pm on ITV.

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